Fabellofibular ligament (FFL) reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves repairing or reconstructing the Fabellofibular ligament, one of the ligaments in the knee joint. The FFL is a small ligament situated on the lateral aspect of the knee joint and is responsible for connecting the fibula to the fabella, a sesamoid bone located behind the knee.

Injuries to the Fabellofibular ligament can result from a traumatic event, sports accident, or overuse of the knee joint. Ligament injury or tear may cause instability, pain, and reduced range of motion of the knee joint.

In FFL reconstruction surgery, the surgeon usually makes an incision around the knee and then uses either autograft or allograft to replace the damaged ligament. The graft is then fixed in place with screws, sutures, or any other suitable means of fixation. The overall aim of the surgery is to stabilize the knee joint and relieve symptoms caused by FFL injury.

Physical therapy after FFL reconstruction surgery is important for recovery. Strengthening, stretching, and other exercises may be recommended for the knee by a physical therapist. A patient may be required to wear a knee brace or use crutches for some time to allow the knee to heal.

Like any other surgery, FFL reconstruction may have some risks and complications such as infection, formation of blood clots, and nonhealing of the graft. Patients should ensure that they adhere to the surgeon’s post-operative guidelines and ensure they attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.