Ligament preservation/repair is usually performed under general anesthesia.
- An incision (cut) is made at the specific site.
- Your surgeon can either perform ligament preservation/repair through a single long cut called a traditional open surgery or through 2-4 tiny incisions using an arthroscope, called arthroscopic surgery.
The surgical repair of a torn/injured ligament can be accomplished through either of the methods below:
- Your orthopedic surgeon may reconstruct the torn ligament using a tissue graft taken from another part of your body or from a donor. Gradually, over a period of a few months, the graft heals. Or,
- Your orthopedic surgeon may remove the damaged part of the ligament and stitch the healthy ends together.
Upon completion, the incisions are closed and covered with a bandage.
Post-Operative Care for Ligament Preservation/Repair
You may be required to stay in the hospital for a day or two to monitor your recovery.
- You will be prescribed medications to prevent blood clots.
- Swelling and discomfort can be managed with pain relief medications.
- You will be referred to a physical therapist soon after your surgery to regain range of motion.
- You will be encouraged to move around to keep your joints active and facilitate a quicker recovery.
- You should follow your surgeon’s advice regarding activities post-surgery.
- You should visit your doctor for a follow-up examination after surgery to monitor your progress.
What are the Risks and Complications of Ligament Preservation/Repair?
Every surgical procedure carries some amount of risk. Similarly, ligament preservation/repair may also have certain risks and complications. These may include:
- Complications from anesthesia
- Nerve injury
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot)
What are the Benefits/Advantages of Ligament Preservation/Repair?
Ligament preservation/repair helps restore a torn or damaged ligament to a healthy state enhancing your quality of life. If you are an athlete, ligament preservation will help you return to your high-level sports after a period of rehabilitation.