What is the treatment for a PCL insufficiency?
Non-operative treatment for a PCL insufficiency is usually reserved for low-grade sprains of the PCL that do not result in knee instability symptoms. Dr. Williams will conduct several diagnostic tests to determine the best course of treatment. Conservative treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, rest, bracing and physical therapy.
The goal of surgical treatment for a PCL insufficiency is to reconstruct the ligament and restore normal knee function and stability. Dr. Williams will discuss with his patients in New York and the surrounding areas the best treatment options including possible tissue grafts to replace the PCL. These grafts may include:
- Autograft – Tissue obtained from the patient
- Allograft – Tissue obtained from a donor or cadaver
Typical PCL reconstruction surgeries are arthroscopic or minimally invasive. These procedures are typically done on an outpatient basis, and take approximately an hour to perform.