What is posterolateral corner (PLC) reconstruction?
Posterolateral corner reconstruction is the surgical repair of a significant injury to the posterolateral corner of the knee. PLC tears are most often sustained from an acute injury. For example, a blow to the inner or medial knee while playing football or during a motor vehicle accident can cause a tear of the PLC. Posterolateral corner reconstruction involves the repair of the FCL, PLT, and PFL. Posterolateral corner reconstruction is performed using tissue grafts to replace the injured ligaments. Tissue autografts from the patient (hamstring and quadriceps tendon) or allografts from donors (Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, hamstring tendons) can be used for this reconstruction. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in posterolateral corner reconstructions.