Cruciate ligament injuries

Cruciate ligament tear & treatment

One of the most common knee injuries affects the anterior cruciate ligament. If the cruciate ligament is torn, an instability develops in the knee joint. In such a case, rapid diagnosis by means of a clinical examination and MRI is necessary. Within the scope of the MRI examination, in addition to the rupture of the cruciate ligament, concomitant injuries are often detected such as a meniscus rupture or a collateral ligament injury. If the diagnosis of cruciate ligament rupture has been confirmed in the MRI examination, the surgical stabilisation of the joint through cruciate ligament replacement surgery (cruciate ligament plastic surgery) is necessary in certain cases.

Reasons for immediate cruciate ligament surgery include:

  • Depending on age, sports activities and requirements
  • Feeling of instability in the injured knee joint
  • Accompanying injuries such as meniscus injury or collateral ligament injury

In such cases, the patient benefits from an early operation, as the rehabilitation period is shortened and concomitant injuries can be treated as quickly as possible. Early stabilisation can halt or delay consequential damage later on such as meniscus tears or arthrosis.

Due to our geographical location in a skiing area, we have specialised in the immediate diagnosis and prompt treatment of knee injuries, especially cruciate ligament injuries (torn cruciate ligament), and we are able to draw on a wealth of experience in this field.
The diagnosis and treatment is discussed individually with each patient and in detail.

In our clinic, cruciate ligament replacement surgery and/or cruciate ligament plastic surgery is performed using the semitendinosus gracilis method. In this case, the torn cruciate ligament is replaced by tendons of the thigh. The operation is performed in a minimally invasive way by means of arthroscopy and offers state-of-the-art technology.