Despite technologic advances in the surgical technique for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, some patients continue to have rotational instability postoperatively. Recently, authors have reported the anatomic and functional characteristics of the anterolateral ligament (ALL), a structure that originates near the lateral epicondyle on the femur and inserts on the tibia between the Gerdy tubercle and the fibular head. Recent biomechanical studies have shown the ALL is an important stabilizer against anterolateral tibial rotation, and its reconstruction has shown excellent initial clinical results. Several techniques have been developed to try to anatomically address this structure in the setting of an ACL reconstruction. This article details a simple anatomic technique to reconstruct the ACL and the ALL of the knee using hamstring tendon autograft and maintaining the semitendinosus insertion.
Sonnery-Cottet B, Daggett M, Helito CP, Fayard J, Thaunat M. Combined Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Anterolateral Ligament Reconstruction. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2016; 5(6). doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.08.003.