Knee ligament repair surgery is a procedure that repairs a complete tear of one or more of the ligaments in your knee. Ligaments are strong, fibrous rope-like bands that hold the three bones of your knee joint together — the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia) and kneecap (patella). There are four primary ligaments that keep your knee bones positioned and functioning properly. Any of them can be seriously injured and require knee ligament repair.
Painful and debilitating ligament injuries to the knee are very common in sports that require stopping and starting or quickly changing directions and can occur when you are:
If you have a mild to moderate knee ligament injury, it may heal on its own in time with nonsurgical approaches like anti-inflammatory medications and the RICE regimen (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate). However, a complete tear of a knee ligament (known as a grade 3 sprain) splits the ligament into two pieces, causes the knee joint to be unstable and can only be corrected with knee ligament repair surgery or knee reconstruction surgery.
Knee Ligament Repair Surgery
The most advanced form of knee ligament repair surgery is a minimally invasive procedure known as arthroscopic surgery:
To restore knee stability, the torn ligament must be surgically reconstructed. Your orthopaedic surgeon will replace your torn ligament with a tissue graft. The graft will act as scaffolding for a new ligament to grow on. Grafts can be taken from several sources including:
Ligament regrowth takes time, so it may be six months or more before a professional or recreational athlete can return to sports after knee ligament repair surgery.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Joint Replacement Services in New York performs knee ligament repair surgery as well as nonsurgical and surgical treatments for a broad range of conditions that affect the bones, joints, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments.
The Rehabilitation Network of the North Shore-LIJ Health System is dedicated to providing you and your family with result-oriented, comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones find relief from pain and get moving again after an accident, illness, injury or surgery. We’re your partner in a safe, healthy, more rapid recovery.