Arthroscopic Repair of Proximal Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Pediatric Patients

Arthrosc Tech. 2019 Jun 10;8(7):e691-e695. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2019.03.003. eCollection 2019 Jul.


A renewed interest in arthroscopic knee ligament repair is emerging as a result of diagnostic and technical improvements. In pediatric patients with posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, surgical reconstruction is rarely considered as an option because of the risk of iatrogenic physeal injury. In this Technical Note, we describe an arthroscopic surgical repair technique of PCL proximal avulsions in pediatric patients. The main reasons to consider arthroscopic PCL repair in this population include minimal surgical morbidity, preservation of the complex biomechanical properties of the native ligament, the small diameter of the bone tunnels, the physeal respecting nature of the procedure, the absence of graft harvesting, and the absence of fixation devices. The indications for this technique are limited to patients with an acute proximal PCL avulsion. Investigation performed from at Centre Orthopédique Santy, FIFA Medical Center of Excellence, Lyon, France.