A surgical repair used to reconstruct the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) of the knee. This procedures involves the surgeon making one or more small incisions around the knee and inserting a small surgical camera (about the width of a pencil) into the incision. This camera allows the surgeon to see the knee in high definition and navigate around all of the structures of the knee. Since the PCL can not be sewn back together, another piece of tissue must be used to graft the two pieces together. Your surgeon will discuss the most effective area to graft tissue. The torn portion of ligament will then be removed using microsurgical instruments. Small tunnels are made in the bone and the new tissue is threaded through these tunnels for stability. The newly repaired ligament is then attached to the bone. Once the damaged ligament has been repaired the incisions are closed with small stitch or sterile strips.
PCL Repair is performed as an outpatient procedure using a Minimally Invasive Approach at Regency Healthcare’s state of the art surgical facility. Patients will not need to stay overnight and will be able to leave the surgical practice the same day.
Reconstruction of posterior cruciate ligament of knee with assistance of an endoscope
The posterior cruciate ligament (or PCL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. It connects the posterior intercondylar area of the tibia to the medial condyle of the femur. This configuration allows the PCL to resist forces pushing the tibia posteriorly relative to the femur.
In the quadruped stifle (analogous to the human knee), based on its anatomical position, it is referred to as the caudal cruciate ligament.
The PCL is an intracapsular ligament along with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) because it lies deep within the knee joint. They are both isolated from the fluid-filled synovial cavity, with the synovial membrane wrapped around them. The PCL gets its name by attaching to the posterior portion of the tibia.