What is MCL Repair?
Most MCL injuries may heal on their own without surgery. However, you will probably require surgery if you have knee issues in addition to an MCL tear. To avoid more MCL problems when they return to their sport, professional athletes may need to consider having surgery to repair their MCL rupture.
When to go for surgery
When you feel that the knee joint has swollen, the joint is grabbing or locking; you heard a popping sound during the injury; if you are experiencing pain and discomfort inside the knee edge, it's probably time to go for MCL repair.
Thin tube-shaped equipment called an arthroscope would be inserted into your knee during MCL surgery through a series of tiny incisions made by the orthopaedic surgeon. There are several techniques for reattaching or rebuilding the damaged ligament. The patellar tendon, which joins the tibia to the kneecap, or the hamstring tendon are two alternatives (from the back of the thigh). Patients or organ donors may provide the patient with a tendon transplant. Since MCL surgery is frequently performed as an outpatient operation, a hospital stay is not usually required.
Post Surgery Care
To ensure that your knee recovers properly and to avoid additional injury, it's crucial to adhere to the advice of your orthopaedic surgeon and/or physical therapist during the recovery period.
Ice is used to alleviate swelling.
Using anti-inflammatory drugs to lessen discomfort and swelling
Knee compression with an elastic bandage or brace
Using crutches while walking to maintain the weight off an injured knee
limiting actions that can lead to re-injury or interfere with recovery