Multi ligament injuries

Injuries to more than one ligament in the knee are serious injuries normally resulting from extreme force. The combination of ligaments injured depends on the direction of force and position of the leg at the time of injury. The patient may have other injuries such as fractures and dislocations elsewhere requiring emergency treatment.

Sporting injuries can result in combined ACL/MCL and combined PCL/LCL injuries and a staged approach may be taken, bracing the knee initially to allow one ligament to heal before undertaking reconstruction of the other injury.
Often all of the injured ligaments will need to be repaired or reconstructed and this can be very complex surgery taking 3-4 hours to perform. Mr Gallacher sees and treats patients with this type of complex knee injury who are often referred on from their local hospital for his specialist service.