Modified endoscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Technique and rationale

J. B. O'Donnell, R. Y. Hinton

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Abstract

Compared with a two-incision approach, endoscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is often perceived as being more technically demanding and fraught with potential complications. However, technical problems are most often related to constraints imposed by addressing the femoral side of the reconstruction through the tibial tunnel. In our modified technique, the use of an accessory, anterior medial portal and hyperflexed positioning of the knee allows the femoral interference screw and tunnel to be reliably placed in a parallel orientation. This minimizes problems with femoral tunnel malposition, interference screw-tunnel divergence, and significant 'blow-out' of the femoral tunnel posterior wall. A steep tibial tunnel angle, coupled with drilling the femoral tunnel completely to the outer cortical wall, will avoid mismatches in graft-tunnel lengths. The reported modified technique offers a simpler, reproducible approach to endoscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 3 1998

Keywords

  • ACL
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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