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Knee Ligament Reconstruction - All You Should Know!

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Dr. Pranjal Kodkani 89% (24 ratings)
M S Ortho, D - Ortho, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Orthopedist, Mumbai  •  21 years experience
Knee Ligament Reconstruction - All You Should Know!

The ligaments in our legs provide support and help us to carry out our regular activities in a very favourable manner. But when these ligaments are damaged, it becomes difficult to do them. Your knee can become weak and unstable when the elastic and flexible connective tissues receive damage due to different reasons.

Mostly these type of injuries occurs while playing any kind of sport or doing an physically intensive work. When the ligaments are injured, you will not be able to move, twist or place your legs as you want. Undergoing a surgery is the last option in these scenarios if the patient wants a stable and full recovery.

Why do You Need Knee Ligament Reconstruction?

Knee Ligament repair is very much important when a person has received any kind of damage to their ligament because of any accident or intensive injury. When a person receives a torn knee, as we mentioned before, he or she will be unable to carry out normal activities. The kneecap may give away and fail to provide support. The surgery to correct this ligament requires a full replacement of the ligament with a healthy tendon.

If one approaches a specialist in these conditions in the early stage, then repairs of these ligaments can be done to restore them back to normal. However, if these are neglected and one approaches the doctor late, then one may require ligament reconstruction.

If the Knee ligament reconstruction is not conducted within a given span of time, it can really cause serious problems to they normal lifestyle of the individual. In this process, a tendon from the persons kneecap is grafted in position to hold the knee together. The graft of the tendon may be of the same person or from a donor.

Benefits - Once the knee reconstruction process has been done, the person will be able to come back to his daily activities once again. But the recovery from postoperative period will take about 3-4 weeks. The knee will take some time to regain and hold back the strength once again. Recovering from an injured knee helps you to regain your physical abilities once again and enables you to carry out your activities in the long run. Your overall physical posture and strength is regained as well.

It is best advised to get the procedure done with a surgeon specialised in the procedure since these are intricate and specialised surgeries which require precise management. If the treatment is not carried out in a precise and complete manner, then the procedures are likely to fail. In presence of a ligament injury, the surgeons skill at assessment and executing the surgery plays a very important role in deciding the management. Performing the surgery with minimally invasive means like arthroscopy helps in faster and better recovery.

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