Medial Collateral Ligament Repair

Get the Best Medical Care and Assistance for Medial Collateral Ligament Repair!

When a person suffers a serious tear of the MCL ligament, surgical intervention to repair the MCL is often necessary. The tibia (shin) and femur (thigh) are joined by the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) on the exterior of the knee joint. Your knees’ additional stability and joint stability are provided by the MCL.

Professional athletes with numerous knee ligament disorders, when the ligament has been totally ripped or when the ligament is not working properly, can require reconstruction surgery or treatment for an MCL injury.


Our highly experienced medical professionals can precisely diagnose the MCL injury with a comprehensive physical examination of the knee and diagnostic imaging procedures, including X-rays, Arthroscopy, and MRI scans. Furthermore, in order to determine if the MCL is stable, your attending doctor will also do a valgus stress test. In this test, the knee is bent around 30 degrees, and pressure is placed on its outside. An injured medial collateral ligament is indicated by excessive discomfort or stiffness.

Preparation for Medial Collateral Ligament Repair

You will feel nothing during the MCL surgery because it is done under general anaesthesia. Your orthopaedic medical professional will do an arthroscopy, or small-incision arthroscopy, to check the knee prior to surgery. The surgeon will be able to tell during this surgery if you are also dealing with other knee problems, such as an ACL or PCL rupture, and might make changes in the treatment approach if needed.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Repair Procedure

Usually, a tiny incision on the inside of the knee is made to perform MCL repair. Since this ligament is outside of the knee joint, arthroscopic surgery is not used to perform this procedure.

The surgeon will use big stitches, a metal screw, or a bone staple to reattach the medial collateral ligament to the thigh bone (femur) or shinbone (tibia) if it has ripped there. The surgeon would stitch the torn ends of the ligament together if the rip was in the centre of it.

Recovery from MCL Repair Surgery

A Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction typically takes six weeks to recover. Most MCL tears are initially treated by lowering knee pain and swelling while immobilising the knee to keep it stable. This includes:

  • Knee elevation, rest, and icing.
  • Using painkillers to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wearing a thin cast or brace that limits side-to-side motion but lets your knee move back and forth.
  • You’ll need to start doing exercises to get your knee’s strength and regular range of motion back once the pain and swelling go down.

Risk & Complications

The most frequent side effects of MCL repair are persistent instability and knee stiffness. The other potential issues include:

  • Numbness
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to blood vessels and nerves
  • Unsuccessful graft
  • Loss of graft stability
  • Reduction in range of motion

However, at Omni, there is minimal to no risk of any post-surgery complications. Our surgeons and other healthcare professionals, backed by the most-advanced tools & surgery techniques, perform the surgery with the most precision and commendable results. The post-operative care from highly trained medical staff at Omni adds to the success rate.

Why choose Omni Hospitals?

Omni Hospital is home to some of the most qualified and experienced orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, and physical therapists in the country. Patients can attain the best level of functional results by receiving superior comprehensive treatment under one roof. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure, cutting-edge technology, and world-class amenities make us the best healthcare facility for children and women.

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Q1. How long does it take to recover after surgery on the medial ligament?

Ans. After your MCL surgery, you should be able to gradually resume your regular level of activity between six weeks and six months afterwards.

Q2. What should you avoid doing after MCL repair?

Ans. For the next two weeks, avoid long periods of sitting (without elevating your leg) and long-distance travel. as your comfort permits.

Q3. What may I expect following MCL repair?

Ans. After your MCL has been surgically repaired, you will need to take action to lessen knee discomfort and inflammation. Pain and swelling can be reduced by rest, ice, elevation, painkillers, and immobilising the knee will keep it stabilised.

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