Expert Interview - PCL Surgery

Orthopedic surgeon Richard Villar talks to about surgery for a posterior cruciate ligament knee injury.


Mr Richard Villar Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Villar is a leading Orthopaedic Surgeon. As former Surgeon to the British Army Special Air Service Regiment he has practiced medicine in some of the most remote and challenging environments. He talks exclusively to about posterior cruciate ligament surgery.

The posterior cruciate ligament is torn less frequently than the ACL although it is much more demanding to deal with surgically. Usually the first step with a PCL rupture is to try conservative treatment, such as physiotherapy and strengthening exercises. If this is unsuccessful, bracing may be attempted before surgery is undertaken.

The procedure for a PCL reconstruction is similar to the ACL operation whereby it is an intra-articular operation using a bone-tendon-bone graft to create a new ligament.

Recovery from PCL reconstruction surgery is initially quite quick from the surgery itself to getting back on your feet although it is a longer process to get back to sports. Villar recommends a minimum 6 months and up to a year.