Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Repair/Reconstruction
More severe injuries with instability of the knee may require surgical repair or reconstruction. Repair may be performed for injuries within a few weeks if the tear of the ligament is from the upper or lower attachment. If the ligament is torn in the middle or the injury is older than 3 weeks, then a reconstruction is performed to stabilize the knee. The reconstruction can be performed using a tendon graft (either from the patient or a cadaver tendon) through bone tunnels.