What is Knee Ligament Reconstruction?

acl-surgery-clearwaterKnee Ligament Reconstruction Clearwater is a procedure to replace the ruptured ligaments in the knee. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones in your body. This procedure could be for one or more of a patient’s ligaments including, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). The torn or badly damaged ligament is replaced with a graft. The most common grafts are autografts using part of the patients body, such as the tendon of the kneecap (patellar tendon) or one of the hamstring tendons. Another choice is allograft tissue, which is taken from a deceased donor.

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What causes a torn knee ligament?

A torn knee ligament can be caused by a number of different things and is either weakened and torn over time or done in one instantaneous injury. Some common causes of ligament tears are:

  • Sudden force or hit on the knee
  • Twisting the knee with a foot planted
  • Landing on a flexed knee
  • Extending the knee too far
  • Making sudden stops or shifts while running