The most common types of ligament reconstruction surgeries are for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) injuries may also require reconstructive surgery. Ligaments are tough fibrous cords composed of connective tissue that contains both collagen and elastic fibers. The elastic fibers allow the ligaments to stretch to some extent. Ligaments surround and stabilize your joints by permitting movement only in certain directions.
Sports-related injuries to the ligaments are fairly common, most often affecting the knee, elbow and ankle. If you have experienced a ligament injury that cannot be successfully treated non-surgically, you and your provider may decide that ligament reconstruction is your best option. During reconstructive surgery, the torn ligament will be replaced with a substitute graft.