A kneecap dislocation is most common in athletes because when a sudden twist is pressured on the knee joint, it can cause the kneecap to shift and become unstable. A knee dislocation is a serious injury and it causes severe pain and swelling that needs immediate medical attention.
A reconstruction of ligaments is normally chosen over repair of ligaments because reconstruction has a higher success rate and the chances in dislocating the knee again are decreased. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the torn ligaments and clears the area of any loose bodies and reconstructs ligaments using another ligament taken from the patient's body or a ligament from a donor. The surgeon secures the ligaments, typically by weaving the ligaments through drilled holes in the bone, to ensure stability.
Recovery from an open reconstruction surgery usually takes months of physical therapy.
At Triangle Orthopaedics, we offer this type of surgery for knee dislocations and have an excellent physical therapy program for recovering patients. To learn more about this procedure and what we offer here, please contact us at any of our offices throughout North Carolina.
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