LCL Surgery

Overview
Although surgery to repair an LCL tear is not nearly as common as an ACL surgery, it is important to understand what you are getting into before deciding if having this operation makes since.  The treatment options for a torn LCL are very similar to those of a torn MCL.  The critics are out there on when the appropriate time to have this procedure is due to many medical professionals having successfully treated a torn LCL without surgical intervention, with the use of the R.I.C.E. principles.  However, surgery is typically the option that surgeons will take if the individual is having issues with stability in the knee.  During this procedure the doctor will either take an arthroscopic or open surgery approach depending on the extent of the injury.  The goal of the procedure is to repair the damaged lateral collateral ligament or replace it with a graft from another part of the body. It is important to seek the proper medical attention and receive the correct diagnosis so that you will be able to get on a treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

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