Ligament Release Overview
A Ligament Release is when pressure is taken off of an impinged area. The standard surgery is called an Open Release. Another surgical option is an Endoscopic Release. This endoscopic procedure spares some of the tissue in the hand and patients may heal faster and experience less discomfort. Whether open or endoscopic, the ligament release procedure takes about 15-30 minutes plus a short recovery period and then usually the patient can return home to recover.
Advantages of Traditional Surgery
- Ability to perform palpation
- Greater field of view for surgeon
- Less expensive equipment required
Conditions Treated with Ligament Release
A ligament release is often used to relieve ligament pain in the hand, foot, or knee.
- ACL, PCL or MCL Tear
These are ligament tears that found in the knee and support the structure and mechanics of the knee. An ACL, PCL or MCL tear is usually from an injury that involves a sudden pull or over extension of the knee. The ACL is located in the front of the knee (anteriorly), the PCL is located on the back on the knee (posteriorly) and the MCL is on the inner middle aspect of the knee (medial).