Anteromedial portal technique for the anterior cruciate ligament femoral socket: pitfalls and solutions

Arthroscopy. 2009 Jan;25(1):95-101. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2008.10.012.


Creating the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) femoral socket using the anteromedial (AM) portal technique has advantages. Furthermore, the technique is ideal for anatomic double-bundle (particularly posterolateral bundle) and all-inside ACL techniques. However, although the AM portal technique has advantages, the learning curve is steep when making the transition from familiar, transtibial reaming to the AM portal technique for ACL femoral tunnel creation. Complications and challenges are many when learning the AM portal technique. The purpose of this technical note is to describe tips and pearls for surgeons contemplating the transition to the AM portal technique for the ACL femoral socket.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / surgery*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Femur / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / surgery*
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Rupture
  • Treatment Outcome