I was recently in Munich to update himself in the latest technology in knee ligament reconstruction. The Arthrex surgical skills lab is equipped with the latest arthroscopic wet and dry lab simulators and is stocked with a complete inventory of the latest instrumentation and implants.
The exposure certainly gave me the edge in offering my patients the latest surgical options in knee ligament surgery.
The knee has several ligaments that can get damaged after sports injuries and accidents. These include the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) etc.
Without surgical reconstruction many young patients can never get back to sports and an active lifestyle. The knee becomes vulnerable to getting worn out (arthritis) at a younger age than average.
Early and expert ligament reconstruction can help young people get back their former active lifestyle and delaying surgery can result in damage to other structures within the knee. It’s like a loose hinge on a door, if not repaired early can result in other hinges coming loose.
Knee arthroscopy procedures (keyhole surgery) have advanced many fold in the last few years. This was an opportunity for surgeons like myself interested in knee surgery to update themselves.
The experienced faculty from around the world conducted practical demonstrations in some of the most advanced arthroscopic (keyhole) procedures for ligament and meniscal injuries of the knee.
This is the latest in Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction using the all inside technique which would give a patient less post -operative pain and a quicker recovery.