How does ligament reconstruction compare with ligament repair?
In a ligament repair, the two ends of the torn ligament are held together until they heal, although this might be augmented by a prosthetic material until healing is complete.
Collateral ligaments - repair or reconstruction?
Medial collateral ligament injuries are assessed to determine whether the injury is a sprain or a complete tear, being classified accordingly. Grade I and II injuries are usually initially managed conservatively (without surgery) with the usual P.R.I.C.E. regime and then a functional brace until the sprain is healed. If there is still pain and instability after a reasonable trial period, then reconstruction is indicated. Grade III injuries require reconstruction with either allograft or autograft.
What is the most important ligament reconstruction in the knee?
The most important ligament reconstruction in the knee is that of the anterior cruciate ligament.