Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery Specialist
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is not a common part of the knee and therefore requires an orthopedic specialist with specific training to surgically repair this part of the knee. The PCL is one of several ligaments in the knee that joins the upper and lower legs together. The PCLs function is to provide stability to the knee during rapid acceleration and deceleration activities. Because of its function, the majority of people who injury their PCL do so during a sporting injury. The NYC sports injury specialist orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Glashow, routinely performs PCL reconstruction on athletes and those individuals who encounter this injury.
Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including surgery.
We offer full out of network insurance benefits for your PCL reconstruction surgery (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Diagnostic tests, treatments and consultations can often be carried out on the same day. We offer true concierge medicine to all patients. We have the ability to see our patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.
The symptoms following a tear or injury of the PCL are different in ever person and therefore require a precise diagnosis. The symptoms are quite often somewhat less severe than a torn ACL, with vague ill-defined pain in or behind )the knee, and only moderate swelling. Reconstruction of the PCL is a similar surgical procedure to ACL reconstruction, but the surgery is somewhat more complex and difficult. As with ACL reconstruction, there are various options available for where to obtain a graft from and what type of graft to use.
Athletes tend to continue to play their sport even with a PCL injury which leads to further complications. PCL injuries are most recognized when walking briskly, running, or walking down stairs.
Surgical treatment of the injured knee is to return the patient quickly to their level of physical activity without risk of further damage.
With a PCL reconstruction surgery, narrow tunnels are drilled through the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone) by the sports injury orthopedic surgeon, a new ligament is created by taking a tendon from the patient or from a donor graft. The graft is then surgically threaded through the knee. The ligament is then reconstructed, to give a new tight ligament inside the knee. With time, blood vessels grow into the tendon graft and seed it with the patient’s own living cells, and the graft becomes a living functioning part of the patient’s own knee.
Use of a brace to immobilize the knee after the PCL reconstruction surgery is at the discretion of the orthopedic team and varies from case to case. In most cases, the use of crutches is suggested for around 3 weeks.
Rehabilitation / physical therapy should begin two days after the surgery.
Our team of orthopedic surgeons, specialty nurses, physiotherapists and support staff are dedicated to managing your specific orthopedic surgery and working together to ensure your needs are exceeded from consultation to following surgical discharge. Our goal is to deliver premium orthopaedic care using the latest techniques and advancements to achieve the best outcomes and help people return to pain-free, functional lives. Please read some of our NYC Orthopedic Surgeon’s Top Reviews.
Our orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive orthopedic care before,during, and after your PCL Reconstruction orthopedic surgery. Our philosophy of direct doctor-to-patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected orthopedic surgery practices in NYC. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.