Nonabsorbable Suture of a PCL Allograft Resulting in a Squeaking Knee After PCL Reconstruction: A Case Report

JBJS Case Connect. 2022 Mar 16;12(1). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.21.00684.


Case: This case report describes the occurrence of a squeaking knee joint on active flexion-extension in a 35-year-old man who had previously undergone posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction surgery. The patient suffered from psychosocial distress because of the noise and complained of persistent left knee pain. After nonsurgical treatment failed to resolve the noise, arthroscopic surgery was performed to debride the interposed nonabsorbable suture located on the intra-articular surface, resulting in squeaking sound elimination.

Conclusion: Surgery was necessary to alleviate a squeaking knee joint caused by interposed nonabsorbable sutures after PCL reconstruction in this patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Allografts
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Male
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction*
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament* / surgery
  • Sutures / adverse effects