arthroscopic posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) surgery
Ligaments connect bone to bone. The PCL is in the back of the knee and connects thigh and shin bones. This ligament keeps the shinbone from moving too far forward. PCLs are strong. Injuries are relatively rare and typically require tremendous force. Frequently, healing can occur with only icing, bracing and physical therapy. However, if PCL damage is severe, surgery may be required. In these cases, surgeons will graft a ligament, using material from either the patient or a cadaver. Doctors will perform the operation using arthroscopic surgery, which is minimally invasive. A surgeon will make only small incisions and use them as a passage for a miniature camera and tiny instruments. This approach allows for faster, healing, lower chances of infection and less disruption of surrounding tissue.