Recent surgical procedures designed to correct recurrent posttraumatic lateral patellar instability focus on reconstructing the medial patellofemoral ligament. This study evaluated and compared patellofemoral kinematics of isometric and anatomic medial patellofemoral ligament reconstructions. Using an infrared motion capture analysis system, patellar tracking was evaluated in the coronal plane in 6 cadaveric specimens. Reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament using an isometric technique did not restore normal patellar tracking at any flexion angle; however, reconstruction using an anatomic technique restored statistically normal patellar tracking from maximal knee extension to 28° of flexion. Neither technique was able to restore normal kinematics in deeper angles of knee flexion.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine