Reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament using a quadriceps tendon graft: a case series.


UNLABELLED This study assessed medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction using a partial-thickness quadriceps tendon graft in 14 knees in 13 patients. Nine patients were available for follow-up after a minimum of 24 months. Final patient evaluation was performed an average of 42 months postoperatively (range, 28-65 months). Primary outcome measure was occurrence of patellar dislocation postoperatively, and outcomes were quantified using the Kujala questionnaire and Crosby and Insall criteria. Postoperatively, no patient reported patellar dislocation. Using Crosby and Insall criteria, good or excellent results were achieved in 100% of patients. Mean Kujala score was 91.9. Postoperatively, all patients reported their knee was improved. These findings indicate medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction with a quadriceps tendon graft is effective in preventing patellar dislocation and improving quality of life. However, patients should be counseled this procedure is indicated primarily for the treatment of recurrent instability, and postoperative relief of anterior knee pain is inconsistent. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE Level IV, Case Series.

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@article{Dopirak2008ReconstructionOT, title={Reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament using a quadriceps tendon graft: a case series.}, author={Ryan M Dopirak and Damon C Adamany and Brent A Bickel and Robert N Steensen}, journal={Orthopedics}, year={2008}, volume={31 3}, pages={217} }