How to Know if you have an MCL Injury
After a thorough physical examination, x-rays and an MRI are performed by Dr. Provencher to determine injury location, severity and pattern, the proper treatment plan will be prescribed. Since the MCL has the ability to heal on its own, many tears will heal with non-surgical measures, such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and physical therapy.
What is MCL Reconstruction?
Patients with a severe MCL tear and knee instability may be required to undergo MCL surgery in order to restore function and stability to the joint. Dr. Provencher commonly performs an MCL augmentation or an MCL reconstruction. A surgical augmentation requires Dr. Provencher to repair the torn ligament with sutures and use one of the patient’s hamstring tendons to reinforce the repair. An MCL reconstruction requires Dr. Provencher to use either an autograft (patient’s hamstring tissue) or an allograft (donor tissue) to replace the torn ligament. The graft is a similar size and shape of the native MCL and is placed in the exact location of the tear. The graft is secured with screws and/or anchors that are placed into the bone that contain strong sutures.
The outcomes of both MCL surgery techniques have been very successful at restoring function and stability to the injured knee. Dr. Provencher will determine the proper surgical procedure after the diagnosis and will explain in great detail with each patient.