Arthroscopic Reconstruction of the Knee for Ligament Injuries
Arthroscopic Knee Ligament Reconstruction Surgeon
Knee ligament injuries are common in athletes involved in contact sports such as soccer, football and basketball. The damaged ligaments can be repaired or reconstructed surgically using a tissue graft. Arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and arthroscopic (minimally-invasive) reconstruction of the knee for ligament injuries in Detroit. He also provides highly specialized care during and after the surgery. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
The knee is the most complex joint in the body and is formed by the articulation of the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). A kneecap is present over the front of the joint to provide extra protection. These bones are held together by four strong rope-like structures called ligaments. Two collateral ligaments are present on either side of the knee, which control the sideways movement of the knee. The other two ligaments are the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL, respectively) present in the center of the knee joint and cross each other to form an “X”. The cruciate ligaments control the back and forth movement of the knee.
Knee Ligament Injuries
Knee ligament injuries are common in athletes involved in contact sports such as soccer, football, and basketball. Knee ligament injuries are graded based on the severity of the injury.
- Grade I: ligament is mildly damaged and slightly stretched, but the knee joint is stable
- Grade II: partial tear of the ligament
- Grade III: complete tear of the ligament and the ligament is divided into two halves, making the knee joint unstable
Dr. Okoroha has extensive training in arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee for ligament injuries and provides this service for patients in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.
Arthroscopic Knee Ligament Reconstruction Procedure
The surgical repair of the completely torn ligament involves reconstruction of the torn ligament using a tissue graft taken from another part of the body or from a donor. The damaged ligament is replaced by the graft and fixed to the femur and tibia using metallic screws. Gradually, over a period of a few months, the graft heals.
Arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee ligament is a minimally invasive surgery performed through a few tiny incisions. An arthroscope is inserted into the knee joint through one of the small incisions to provide clear images of the surgical area (inside the knee) to Dr. Okoroha on a television monitor. Guided by these images, Dr. Okoroha performs the surgery using small surgical instruments inserted through the other small incisions around the knee.
Advantages of Arthroscopic Knee Ligament Reconstruction
As the surgery is performed through small incisions it provides the following benefits:
- Less postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery
Following arthroscopic reconstruction of the injured ligament, most athletes can return to their high-level sport after a period of rehabilitation.
If you would like to have additional information on treatments of knee ligament injuries or would like to learn more about arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee for ligament injuries, please contact the office of Dr. Okoroha, arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction surgeon serving the communities of Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan, and beyond.