Title: A new surgical technique for medial collateral ligament balancing: multiple needle puncturing
Authors: Bellemans, Johan ×
Vandenneucker, Hilde
Vanlauwe, Johan
Victor, Jan #
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Series Title: Journal of Arthroplasty vol:25 issue:7 pages:1151-1156
Abstract: In this article, we present our experience with a new technique for medial soft tissue balancing, where we make multiple punctures in the medial collateral ligament (MCL) using a 19-gauge needle, to progressively stretch the MCL until a correct ligament balance is achieved. Ligament status was evaluated both before and after the procedure using computer navigation and mediolateral stress testing. The procedure was considered successful when 2 to 4-mm mediolateral joint line opening was obtained in extension and 2 to 6 mm in flexion. In 34 of 35 cases, a progressive correction of medial tightness was achieved according to the above described criteria. One case was considered overreleased in extension. Needle puncturing is a new, effective, and safe technique for progressive correction of MCL tightness in the varus knee.
ISSN: 0883-5403
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Orthopaedics Section (-)
Medicine Teaching Programs
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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