What are the potential complications that may occur during the MCL reconstruction?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential complications that may be associated with MCL reconstruction surgery. These include a risk of infection, formation of blood clots, injury to the blood vessels and nerves, and scar tissue formation that requires further treatment.
Intraoperative complications of MCL reconstruction surgery
Due to the recent advances noted within the orthopedic field, MCL reconstruction surgery can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques, which have been shown to reduce the risks associated with previous or traditional techniques as it only requires very small incisions.
Intraoperative complications of MCL reconstruction surgery include morbidity associated with:
Post-operative complications of MCL reconstruction
Numbness and decreased range of motion are the most common complications associated with MCL reconstruction. The other possible complications include:
The contributing factors include the patient's age, general health and skin condition, steroid use, prior knee surgery, and prolonged tourniquet time.
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