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, 16 (5), 553-7

Extra-articular Lateral Reconstruction Technique


Extra-articular Lateral Reconstruction Technique

D A McGuire et al. Arthroscopy.


This article describes an anterolateral reconstruction procedure that, when used in combination with an intra-articular anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, restores rotary and anterior knee stability. We believe that failing to recognize lateral instabilities and to perform an extra-articular reconstruction is an under-recognized cause of failure of ACL reconstruction. We also describe the indications, medical histories, and physical examination tests used to determine when an anterolateral reconstruction is needed. One should suspect a compromise of the lateral structures when presented with a failed ACL reconstruction in which the tunnels, the graft, and the rehabilitation all seem to have been done properly, or when a prior lateral procedure has been attempted and failed. In our experience, if a second ACL reconstruction is undertaken without the benefit of a lateral reconstruction, it may fail as well.

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