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Will I need surgery for a knee ligament injury?

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Most lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears don’t need surgery. But if an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is completely torn or stretched beyond its limits, reconstructive knee surgery is the only option.

From: What Are Knee Ligament Injuries? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

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