What is lateral collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow?
Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) reconstruction of the elbow involves repairing one or more of the four components of the LCL complex within the elbow. These consist of:
- The accessory lateral collateral ligament
- The annular ligament
- The lateral radial collateral ligament (LCL)
- The lateral ulnar collateral ligament (LUCL).
The LCL complex is essential for proper elbow functionality. The procedure is performed using the method known as the docking technique; a tendon graft from the individual’s own body or a donor is used to reconstruct the torn or ruptured ligament. The procedure is done using regional anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic elbow surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in LCL reconstruction of the elbow.