MCL Repair Surgery
The medial collateral ligament, or MCL, is one of the main support ligaments within the knee. It is located on the inside of the knee joint and provides stability and support for knee function. If the knee is pushed out of alignment due to a blow or extreme twisting, the MCL and other ligaments may be stretched or torn. Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center offers MCL repair surgery at our facility in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL, area.
Many MCL injuries are mild to moderate sprains that do not require surgery. Sports injuries are the most common cause of MCL sprains, usually from impact to the outside of the knee. When force is placed on the outside of the knee, the inner knee support, including the MCL, can be pushed beyond its limit. If the MCL is stretched or partially torn, conservative treatments are usually effective to heal the ligament. Rest, medications, braces and rehab may be used to restore MCL function.
For severe or complete MCL tears, surgery is usually required to restore function of the knee. It is common for an MCL tear to be accompanied by injuries or tears to other ligaments and tissues, including an ACL tear.
The type of surgery needed for MCL repair or reconstruction depends on the extent of the injury. In many cases, a donor tendon is harvested from another area on the leg to restore the MCL support between the tibia and femur. Many patients may have injuries to their ACL or PCL, which may need repair at the same time as their MCL. Recovery from MCL surgery will include wearing a brace and rehabilitation of the knee for several weeks post procedure.
If you have suffered an MCL tear and need repair surgery, contact our team at Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center. Dr. Glashow is a world-renowned sports medicine specialist, working with some of the top professional athletes. Call our center in Miami, FL, to schedule your MCL tear consultation.