Complex Knee Surgery
A multi-ligament knee reconstruction surgery is based on a patient’s specific injury pattern. Dr. Boykin will determine which structures in the knee are injured and which need to be treated with surgery. During the procedure, some or all of the ligaments will be repaired or reconstructed, while others may be left alone to heal. In general, a reconstruction involves removing the remnants of the damaged ligament and placing a graft in the exact location of the original ligament. Multi-ligament knee reconstruction may involve a combination of one’s own tissue as a graft (autograft) and grafts which are donated tissue (allograft). The procedure is done with a combination of open and arthroscopic techniques and requires multiple incisions to address all of the damaged areas. A multi-ligament knee reconstruction is a complex procedure, and Dr. Boykin will take great care to address each damaged structure at the time of surgery.
Recovery Following Multi-Ligament Knee Injury
Due to the serious nature of this procedure, a thorough and intensive rehabilitation program will need to be followed post-op. Physical therapy begins immediately; however, knee range of motion may be limited for a period of time. Bracing, weight bearing, and progression with therapy is individualized based upon the type and extent of injury.
For additional information on multi-ligament knee injuries, or to learn more about multi-ligament knee reconstruction, please contact the office of Dr. Robert Boykin treating patients in Asheville, Arden, Fletcher and surrounding North Carolina communities.