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is the thermal shrinkage procedure effective for partial posterior cruciate ligament tears?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
No: Thermal shrinkage has fallen out of favor. There are no well done studies in the peer reviewed literature demonstrating the safety or efficay of this techniques for treating ACL or PCL tears.
Dr. Greg Hicken
Specializes in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
No: The surgical experience with thermal shrinkage of capsule or ligament has mostly been abandoned due to poor results. The tissue is initially shortened but significantly wreaked in the process, and fails in time.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What diffuses the tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with posterior displacement within the intercondylar?

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Dr. Vlad Gendelman
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Nothing: There is nothing that would "diffuse" a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (acl). Acl is one of only few ligaments in our body that is entirely intra-articular which means it is not within soft tissues but is sitting inside the joint space with some surrounding joint fluid. This atmosphere makes it impossible for the ACL to heal (which I am assuming what you meant by diffuse).
A 25-year-old member asked:

Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How should I treat a torn ligament?

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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
With expert guidance: Appropriate treatment of a torn ligament depends a variety of factors including which ligament is injured, how badly it is injured, what other structures are injured, what the functional demands of the patient are, how much instability the injury causes, how old the patient is, what other medical problems the patient has, etc., and is best determined in consultation with qualified physician.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are lax ligaments?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Synonymous w/ loose: Lax is short for laxity. Lax ligaments are describing ligaments that are loose and have increased laxity. There is a spectrum of laxity that is normal within all joints. Some people are looser or tighter than others. If one has no symptoms or limitations, no treatment or remedy is warranted. If pain or instability is present, the increased laxity is said to be abnormal (pathologic or patholaxity).
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between a damaged tendon and a damaged ligament?

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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: The tendons move your fingers and wrists. If it is damaged, you may lose the ability to bend or straighten the affected part. Ligaments support your joints, holding bones together. If that is damaged, you may have swelling to the region and instability to the joint. This means that it may hurt when you move the joint, or that it will move improperly.

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