Title

When to Add Lateral Soft Tissue Balancing?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2019

Publication Title

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review

Abstract

© 2019 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. All rights reserved. Lateral patellofemoral (PF) soft tissue abnormalities range from excessive lateral PF tightness (lateral patellar compression syndrome, lateral patellar instability and arthritis), to excessive laxity (iatrogenic lateral PF soft tissue insufficiency postlateral release). The lateral soft tissue complex is composed of the iliotibial band extension to the patella, the vastus lateralis tendon, the lateral PF ligament, lateral patellotibial ligament, and lateral patellomeniscal ligament, with intimate connections between those structures. To identify lateral retinaculum tightness or insufficiency the most important tests are the patellar glide test and patellar tilt test. Imaging AIDS in that evaluation relying mostly on the patella position assessed by radiographs, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging with referencing to the posterior femoral condyles. Lateral retinaculum lengthening (preferred) or release may be added when there is excessive lateral retinaculum tightness. A lengthening may be performed using a minimally invasive approach without compromising the lateral patella restraint. Lateral retinaculum repair or reconstruction is indicated when there is lateral retinaculum insufficiency. Lateral retinaculum surgery to balance the medial/lateral soft tissue restraints, improves patellar positioning and clinical results.

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

E25

Last Page

E31

DOI

10.1097/JSA.0000000000000268

ISSN

10628592

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