TransLateral ACL reconstruction: a technique for anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2012 Jul;20(7):1289-92. doi: 10.1007/s00167-011-1745-0. Epub 2011 Nov 18.


Anatomic placement of the femoral tunnel in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction confers biomechanical advantages over the traditional tunnel position. The anteromedial portal technique for anatomic ACL reconstruction has many well-described technical challenges. This paper describes the TransLateral technique. The technique produces anatomic femoral tunnel placement using direct measurement of the medial wall of the lateral femoral condyle and out to in drilling. All work is carried out through the lateral portal with all viewing via the medial portal. There is no need for an accessory medial portal or hyperflexion of the knee. Level of evidence Expert opinion, Level V.

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / surgery*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / methods*
  • Arthroscopy / instrumentation
  • Arthroscopy / methods
  • Femur / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Tendons / transplantation*