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What kind of surgery do you need for a torn PCL?

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Surgery replaces it with new tissue rather than stitching together the torn ligament, using:

"Open" surgery requires a large incision in the knee. A less-invasive option, which uses smaller cuts, involves a tool called an arthroscope.

  • Tissue from a deceased donor
  • A piece of tendon moved from somewhere else in the body, such as the back of the thigh or heel

From: Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

De Carlo, M. January 2010. Clinics in Sports Medicine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries."

Frontera: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2nd edition.

DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine , 3rd edition.

Canale & Beaty: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics , 11th edition.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

SOURCES:

De Carlo, M. January 2010. Clinics in Sports Medicine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries."

Frontera: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , 2nd edition.

DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine , 3rd edition.

Canale & Beaty: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics , 11th edition.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

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