CC Ligament Reconstruction
What is Ligament Reconstruction?
Ligament reconstruction is surgery to reconstruct a torn ligament using a graft or artificial prosthesis. Ligaments are tough, non-stretchable fibers that hold your bones together. Ligament reconstruction is performed to improve joint function and stability and may be indicated for shoulder, elbow and knee injuries.
Shoulder Ligament Reconstruction
Why is Shoulder Ligament Reconstruction Performed?
Shoulder ligament reconstruction is performed to:
- Improve stability of the shoulder joint
- Restore function
- Prevent dislocations
What are the Commonly Injured Ligaments in the Shoulder?
Several ligaments support the shoulder joint. The ones commonly injured include:
- Acromioclavicular ligament
- Coracoclavicular ligament
What Happens During Shoulder Ligament Reconstruction?
Shoulder ligament reconstruction surgery involves the repair of torn or stretched ligaments so that they are better able to hold the shoulder joint in place.
Shoulder ligament reconstruction surgery can be performed arthroscopically through small incisions using tiny instruments. Some patients may need an open surgical procedure which involves a larger incision over the shoulder to perform the repair.
During the surgery, overstretched capsules and ligaments are tightened. A tissue graft or artificial prosthesis may be used to reconstruct a shoulder ligament. It is inserted into holes drilled in the bone and secured.