How is LCL reconstruction surgery performed?
An LCL or FCL reconstruction is a complex knee surgery and should only be performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu. The placement of the graft is critical to the long-term health of the knee, as well as the post-surgical protocol.
During this complex knee surgery, Dr. Nwachukwu will first obtain and prepare the tissue graft. An autograft is often obtained from the patient’s hamstring tendon, or a donor graft can be used. Utilizing the open incision allows Dr. Nwachukwu to visualize the knee joint. He then drills small precise holes in both the femur and the fibula, forming tunnels. The ends of the tendon graft are threaded through the tunnels and are fixed in place with either metal staples, large sutures or surgical screws. Dr. Nwachukwu will check to make sure the tendon is tight and properly secured so it can perform like the original ligament.