PCL Tear Surgery in Dubai

The PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament, is critical as it is posteriorly within the knee joint.

 It plays a vital role in limiting backward movement of the shinbone and maintaining overall knee stability. 

A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, commonly called a PCL tear injury,  can significantly affect mobility and activity participation.

While non-surgical treatment is often the first line of defence, in severe cases, PCL tear surgery might be necessary to restore stability and function to the knee.

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Understanding Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

PCL injuries occur less frequently compared to ACL tears, but they still have the potential to cause significant debilitation.

 These injuries often occur due to a forceful impact that pushes the shinbone backward relative to the thighbone. Common causes include:

Dashboard impact:

 The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) can tear when the knee undergoes sudden hyperextension, such as during a car accident where the knee forcefully impacts the dashboard.

Fall on a bent knee:

 Landing hard on a bent knee can put excessive stress on the PCL, potentially causing a tear.

Sports injuries:

Activities like football, skiing, and gymnastics can put athletes at risk of PCL tears, especially during falls or forceful pivoting movements.

Symptoms of a PCL tear can include:

When is PCL Tear Surgery Recommended?

Most PCL tears heal well with conservative treatment like bracing, physical therapy, and pain medication. However, PCL tear surgery in Dubai might be considered in certain situations, such as:

Severe PCL tears:

 When the ligament is completely torn and unable to heal independently.


 Continued knee instability despite attempting conservative treatment results in persistent pain, weakness, and activity challenges.

Total Hip surgery recovery period:  

 When other knee ligaments, like the ACL, are also damaged alongside the PCL.

High-demand activities:

 For athletes requiring a rapid return to high-impact sports that demand exceptional knee stability.

What methods are used to identify a posterior cruciate ligament injury?

Diagnosing a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury typically involves:

  • A thorough knee examination by your healthcare provider.
  • Assessing your range of motion.
  • Discuss your symptoms. 

Additionally, imaging tests may be ordered to evaluate the severity of the injury. These tests commonly include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans.

Torn PCL Surgery Procedure

Torn PCL Surgery in Dubai is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Here’s a general overview of the steps involved:

Incisions: The surgeon makes small incisions on the front or back of the knee, depending on the surgical approach.

Arthroscopy: In most cases, arthroscopy is used. A small camera is introduced into the joint to provide visualization of the PCL tear and adjacent structures.

Debridement: Any damaged tissue or scar formation is removed to facilitate reconstruction.

Graft harvest (if needed): In some cases, a graft, a healthy piece of tissue, might be required to reconstruct the PCL. This graft can be taken from your hamstring tendon (autograft) or a donor (allograft).

PCL reconstruction: The graft is secured to the shinbone and thighbone using sutures or bone anchors, effectively replacing the torn ligament and restoring stability.

Closure: The incisions are closed with stitches.

Recovery from PCL Tear repair

Post-PCL tear repair is a gradual process that requires dedication to physical therapy. Here’s a general timeline:

  • Weeks 1-6: Focuses on pain management, reducing swelling, and protecting the surgical site. Exercises involve gentle knee movements and strengthening exercises for surrounding muscles.
  • Weeks 7-12: Gradually progress to weight-bearing activities and more demanding exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and balance.
  • Months 3-6: Aims to restore full function and return to activities. This might include sports-specific training for athletes.
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Benefits and Risks of PCL Surgery in Dubai


- Improved knee stability
- Reduced pain and swelling
- Enhanced function and ability to return to activities


- Infection
- Bleeding
- Stiffness
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Failure of the graft

Choose Dr. Hesham Al-Khateeb
for PCL Tear Surgery in Dubai

Meet Dr. Hesham Al- Khateeb, a renowned orthopedic specialist in Dubai known for his expertise in treating complex knee conditions, including PCL tears. 

With advanced diagnostic tools like MRI for PCL Tears in Dubai, Dr. Hesham ensures precise diagnosis and personalized reconstruction plans. 

He offers minimally invasive PCL reconstruction techniques for faster recovery and provides comprehensive postoperative care to optimize recovery and prevent re-injury. 

Trust Dr. Hesham Al-Khateeb and our team for exceptional knee care in Dubai.

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