A complex knee injury is a situation where multiple ligaments in the knee have been damaged. The knee contains several major ligaments, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). When two or more of these ligaments are injured simultaneously, it's often associated with knee dislocations.
Multi-ligament injuries are relatively uncommon and typically occur due to severe accidents, traumatic sporting falls, or high-impact events. Treating complex knee injuries and performing multi-ligament knee surgery is a highly intricate process. To achieve the best results, it's essential to consult with a knee specialist who specializes in complex knee surgeries.
Description of Complex Knee Surgery
In cases of two-ligament knee injuries, with the exception of combined ACL and MCL injuries, a combined surgical reconstruction is typically recommended. Dr. Amit advises performing a comprehensive multiple ligament reconstruction all in one surgery. This approach is based on the understanding that each ligament plays a crucial role in the overall stability of the knee. If only a portion of the injury is reconstructed initially, there's a higher risk of stretching out the reconstructed ligament.
Dr. Amit's surgical team is well-prepared to ensure that the overall surgical procedure is efficient and doesn't take an extended amount of time. It's strongly advised that patients undergo multi-ligament knee surgery in a single session to facilitate their rehabilitation and return to their daily life.