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The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is a thin band that runs along the outside of the knee and connects the thighbone (femur) to the fibula, which is the small bone that runs down the side of the knee and connects to the ankle. Its primary function is to stabilize the knee as it moves. A physical examination, as well as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are used to diagnose an LCL tear that would require reconstruction.
The surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center perform arthroscopic medial lateral ligament replacement (also referred to as lateral collateral ligament or LCL) without cutting through any tendons or muscle. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, so patients return home the same day as surgery!
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