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About Torn Ligament

Putting the Pieces Together

Each of your joints is a sophisticated network of bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The ligaments are the pieces that connect your bones to each other. Because your joint is mobile, ligaments must be flexible. However, if you push it too hard, you can suffer an injury and be in need of ligament repair surgery. At miVIP Las Vegas, we utilize a minimally invasive torn ligament procedure to help get people back on their feet.

It used to be that the only way to repair a torn ligament was through open surgery, which can leave large scars and long recovery times. We use a more precise method to help our patients have a quicker, smoother recovery.

By the Numbers

There are several ligaments throughout each of your joints, but the four that are most commonly injured are the ones in your knee. Of those four, perhaps the most commonly injured is the anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly known as the ACL. It provides nearly 90 percent of the stability in your knee, so an injury can be devastating. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 people suffer this injury every year, with roughly half of those individuals needing ligament repair surgery.

Causes of Injury

According to the University of California at San Francisco, the majority of ligament injuries occur when an individual is playing sports that involve agility, such as basketball, soccer and football. While not every injury is preventable, you can protect yourself from needing a torn ligament procedure by stretching before and after activity to help make your ligaments more limber.

Symptoms of a Torn Ligament

One of the biggest telltale signs of a torn ligament is hearing a “pop” sound, which is the sound of the ligament tearing. Other symptoms include:

  • Inflammation and pain around the joint
  • Bruising
  • A limited range of motion
  • Weakness in the joint

After consulting with your physician, he or she may recommend ligament repair surgery.

Treatment Options

If your injury is mild, you may be able to recover simply by using ice and a splint to rest the joint. There are many cases, however, that are severe enough to necessitate a torn ligament procedure. At miVIP, we utilize a minimally invasive approach to ligament repair, making only tiny incisions and using a very small camera to see the extent of the damage. On occasion, an open surgery may be necessary, though this is typically used only as a last resort.

Prognosis

After undergoing surgery, your physician may recommend a number of physical therapy activities to help strengthen the joint. Our minimally invasive procedures mean your recovery time is quicker, though it may still be months or even a year before you will be able to resume strenuous activity. However, individuals who follow their surgeon’s instructions and take precautions during future activities can expect to see positive results.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about ligament repair surgery and our world-class staff at miVIP, please call our offices and schedule a consultation today. Call us at 877.956.2263.

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