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Combined Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Double Bundle Anterolateral Ligament Reconstruction.


ABSTRACT: The results of arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction are so far satisfactory and improving over time as a result of the improved understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the ACL. Rotational instability confirmed by a positive pivot shift is present in more than 15% of cases who underwent successful ACL reconstruction. Persistent rotational instability interferes with performing pivoting sports, and also may lead to meniscal and chondral injuries, or re-rupture of the reconstructed ACL. Surgeons reconsidered the anatomy and biomechanics of the ACL and introduced the double bundle ACL reconstruction technique aiming to achieve a more rotational control by reconstructing the anteromedial and anterolateral bundles of the ACL. To date, the results of double bundle ACL reconstruction are mixed and inconsistent. The improved understanding of the existence, function, and biomechanical role of the anterolateral ligament (ALL) in controlling the rotational instability of the knee has redirected and refocused attention on a supplemental extra-articular reconstruction of the ALL in conjunction with the intra-articular ACL reconstruction so as to restore normal kinematics of the knee. In this Technical Note, we describe a technique that allows for a combined ACL and double bundle ALL reconstruction using autogenous hamstring graft (semitendinosus and gracilis) tendons. This technique is an extension of our previously described technique of a combined anatomic ACL and single bundle ALL reconstruction. The improved understanding of the anatomy of the ALL makes a double bundle ALL reconstruction more anatomic than single bundle ALL reconstruction, as the native ALL is triangular or inverted Y in shape, with a narrow proximal femoral attachment and a broad distal tibial attachment between Gerdy's tubercle and the head of the fibula.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC5621982 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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