The medial collateral ligament, or MCL, stabilizes the inside of the knee joint, connecting the femur and tibia. MCL injuries are among the most common knee injuries, especially in athletes. While mild to moderate MCL tears or sprains may not need surgical repair, severe tears or complete ruptures may need MCL repair surgery. Dr. Steven Struhl is a top orthopedic surgeon and knee specialist at Shoulders & Knees in NYC who offers MCL repair surgery.

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is one of the three main structures that support the medial, or inside, of the knee joint. The other two complementary structures are the posterior oblique and deep medial collateral ligaments. When an MCL injury occurs, it usually involves all three structures. Injuries to the MCL are usually caused by participating in running, jumping and contact sports. Contact or non-contact stress to the outside of the knee is a common cause of an MCL injury. MCL injuries will cause inner knee pain and swelling. In severe MCL injuries, the knee can be unstable and “give out,” or buckle.

MCL Treatment and Recovery

MCL tears and injuries can be complex. When severe, MCL injuries require surgery for reconstruction of the ligaments and extensive rehabilitation. It is also common for ACL tears to accompany an MCL injury. If the MCL is not completely functional, it can impact the recovery from an ACL repair. Due to the complexity of severe MCL injuries, it is vital to have an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee injuries perform the MCL repair surgery.

Dr. Struhl has spent decades focusing on knee injuries, working with professional athletes who depend on their knee mobility for their craft. His extensive knowledge and skill in this field ensure his patients from all walks of life receive the best medical care for knee injuries, including those needing MCL repair surgery. Contact our Shoulders & Knees clinics in NYC or Westchester for an appointment.