Anatomic Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction Using Semitendinosus and Gracilis Autografts: Surgical Technique

Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Jan 16;10(2):e487-e497. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2020.10.033. eCollection 2021 Feb.


An anatomically based posterolateral corner (PLC) reconstruction has emerged as a viable and clinically effective surgical technique for midsubstance ligamentous injuries in both the acute and chronic settings. There are several surgical techniques for PLC reconstruction; however, the classic anatomic reconstruction technique (LaPrade technique) is now considered the gold standard and was originally described using an Achilles tendon allograft. In this article, we describe a modified LaPrade autograft technique, in which the same tunnel position, graft passage, and fixation are used to reproduce the 3 primary stabilizers of the PLC. Instead of allografts, hamstring autografts are used while tunnel diameters and fixation devices are adapted to them. With the use of autograft tendons, difficulties related to graft length or asymmetry are encountered. We consider this technique a good alternative for an anatomically based PLC reconstruction, especially given the lower availability and higher cost of allograft tissues in several countries.