PCL Reconstruction Specialist in Farmington, CT
The PCL is usually injured by a direct impact during an automobile accident or falls to the ground on a bent knee and due to twisting injury or overextension of the knee. Lee Pace, MD provides diagnosis and minimally?invasive PCL reconstruction surgery in Farmington, CT. Lee Pace, MD also provides the highest level of care during and after the surgery. Contact Lee Pace, MD’s office for an appointment today!
PCL reconstruction surgery is a procedure to replace a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in the knee.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Anatomy
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), one of four major ligaments of the knee, is situated at the back of the knee. It connects the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). The PCL limits the backward motion of the shinbone.
What are PCL Injuries?
PCL injuries are very rare and are typically caused by higher energy injuries like car crashes, etc.. Other ligament injuries often occur in combination with PCL injuries.
Causes of PCL Injuries
The PCL is usually injured by a direct impact, such as in an automobile accident when the bent knee forcefully strikes the dashboard. In sports, it can occur when an athlete falls to the ground on a bent knee. Twisting injury or overextending the knee can cause the PCL to tear.
Treatment Options for PCL Injuries
Treatment options may include non-surgical and surgical treatment. Non-surgical treatment can be appropriate for partial injuries or when a PCL injury occurs without other ligament injuries. Physical therapy and a brace are typically recommended. Surgical intervention is recommended when other ligament injuries occur with the PCL injury or when someone fails conservative treatment of an isolated PCL injury.
PCL Reconstruction Procedure
The procedure is typically conducted arthroscopically and involved drilling tunnels in the femur and tibia and placing a tendon graft. The graft typically comes from a donor and it is rigidly fixed on each bone.
If you would like to have additional information on knee treatments or would like to learn more about PCL reconstruction surgery, please contact Lee Pace, MD, serving the communities of Farmington, CT.