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Outcomes of an Anatomic Posterolateral Knee ReconstructionSurgical Technique
Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD1; Steinar Johansen, MD2; Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD2
1 Steadman Philippon Research Institute, 181 West Meadow Drive, #1000, Vail, CO 81657. E-mail address for R.F. LaPrade: drlaprade@sprivail.org
2 Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ullevaal University Hospital, University of Oslo, N-0407 Oslo, Norway
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DISCLOSURE: In support of their research for or preparation of this work, one or more of the authors received, in any one year, outside funding or grants of less than $10,000 from the University of Oslo School of Medicine Orthopaedic Center. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity.

Investigation performed at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ullevaal University Hospital, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
The original scientific article in which the surgical technique was presented was published in JBJS Vol. 92-A, pp. 16-22, January 2010

Copyright © 2011 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2011 Mar 16;93(Supplement 1):10-20. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01243
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Chronic posterolateral knee injuries often result in substantial patient morbidity and functional instability. The clinical stability and functional outcomes following anatomic reconstructions in patients with a chronic posterolateral knee injury have not been determined, to our knowledge.


A two-center outcomes study of sixty-four patients with grade-3 chronic posterolateral instability was performed. The patients were evaluated subjectively with the modified Cincinnati and International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) subjective scores and objectively with the IKDC objective score.


Eighteen patients had an isolated posterolateral knee reconstruction, and forty-six patients underwent a single-stage multiple-ligament reconstruction that included reconstruction of one or both cruciate ligaments along with the posterolateral knee reconstruction. The average duration of follow-up was 4.3 years. The fifty-four patients who were available for follow-up had an average total Cincinnati score of 65.7 points. A significant improvement was found between the preoperative and postoperative IKDC objective scores for varus opening at 20°, external rotation at 30°, reverse pivot shift, and single-leg hop.


An anatomic posterolateral reconstruction resulted in improved clinical outcomes and objective stability for patients with a grade-3 posterolateral knee injury.


Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions to Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.


"Outcomes of an Anatomic Posterolateral Knee Reconstruction" (2010;92:16-22).

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