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Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to reconstruct the lateral collateral ligament and popliteofibular ligaments following a posterolateral corner injury. An incision is made to expose the native ligament attachment sites on the femur and fibula bones. Sockets are drilled at the attachment sites to accommodate graft tissue. The graft is introduced into the sockets and secured in place with absorbable anchors. The knee is then examined to ensure appropriate motion and stability with the intact graft.

Common Questions about Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction

What is a posterolateral corner reconstruction?

A posterolateral corner reconstruction is a procedure performed to reconstruct the lateral collateral ligament and popliteofibular ligaments.

When is a posterolateral corner reconstruction required?

Typically a posterolateral corner reconstruction is required when there is a chronic tear, the native ligament is not viable, or there is a multi-ligamentous knee injury.

How is a posterolateral corner reconstruction performed?

A posterolateral corner reconstruction is performed by creating an incision near the femur and fibula and drilling sockets. The graft is placed through the socket and secured to the attachment site with absorbable suture anchors.

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