Originally Posted by james079
Welcome Stu to the board,
Sorry to hear about your knee problems especially in one so young. Thinking about the knee anatomy, the anterior cruciate would have to be removed in any case so nothing lost here. Depending on the position of the posterior cruciate it may in some cases be saved but if yours is already ruptured it would be academic to repair it. The medial and lateral ligaments will remain intact. So I would think one operation and knowing several people who have had one, or in some cases two, all are happy that they had the operation.
Just one word of advice, no tub racing until next year!
Hi James, Thanks for the reply...that was helpful. Clearly I haven't done enough research on the Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery itself. I wasn't aware that the ACL and PCL weren't needed after such a surgery. Thats good news not having to undergo two procedures. Having said that, do you know why the ACL and PCL aren't needed.
What I thought was involved with the new knee was simply the replacement of the surfaces between the Femur, the tibia and the patella. I do know a fair bit about ligament function as I've had so many surgeries on them but I can't even begin to imagin what is used to stabilize the knee when they are gone.
I didn't know they actually sacrificed the ACL anyway and the same for the PCL...Do you know if it depends on what type of knee appliance is used by the surgeon or is removing the ACL and PCL a routine part of such a surgery...???
Thanks again James....