What is Arthroscopic PCL Reconstruction?
The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is a primary stabilizing ligament of the knee, preventing the tibia from going backward in relationship to the femur. People can tear their PCL as a result of severe trauma to the knee. The usual mechanism is one in which the tibia bone is forced backward such as when hitting your tibia against a fixed object during a hard fall (ie. a snowboarder landing hard on a rail in the terrain park). It is not uncommon to tear other ligaments in the knee when one tears their PCL.
Not all PCL tears require surgery. However, complete PCL tears resulting in severe knee instability often require arthroscopic PCL reconstruction surgery. In this surgery, a tendon graft is placed in the knee exactly where the original PCL attached. Arthroscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery, with a shorter recovery time. It can effectively stabilize the knee and alleviate pain so that patients can resume sports and other activities. Dr. Cunningham is a knee surgeon at Vail Summit Orthopedics and Neurosurgery. He is an expert at diagnosing and treating PCL tears for patients in Vail, Summit County, Aspen, and Denver, CO.