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Anatomy, Function, and Surgical Access of the Iliotibial Band in Total Knee Arthroplasty
Leo A. Whiteside, MD1; Marcel E. Roy, PhD1
1 Missouri Bone and Joint Research Foundation, 1000 Des Peres Road, Suite 150, St. Louis, MO 63131. E-mail address for L.A. Whiteside: whiteside@whitesidebio.com
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 Nov 01;91(Supplement 6):101-106. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.00532
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The iliotibial band often is a deforming force in the valgus knee, and sometimes it must be released or elongated to establish normal stability of the knee during total knee arthroplasty1-4. This structure is primarily ligamentous; it attaches to the iliac crest and then passes over the hip and knee to attach to the patella and then to the tibia and fibula below the knee.This study of the iliotibial band was done to delineate its attachments about the lateral side of the knee, to describe its function in flexion and extension, and to develop an effective surgical procedure to lengthen it in patients with ligament imbalance.
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