[Combined posterior and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction : Arthroscopic treatment with the GraftLink® system].

Research paper by A A Ateschrang, M D MD Ahrend, S S Ahmad, D D Körner, T T Stein, M M Yesil, U U Stöckle, A J AJ Schreiner

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Operative Orthopadie und Traumatologie


Simultaneous arthroscopic reconstruction of the anterior and/or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL) using the GraftLink® system (Arthrex) to obtain stable treatment and good functional results. The transplant is protected by the safety belt like biomechanical GraftLink® principle, which is used to secure the intraoperatively obtained stability in the long term. ACL, PCL, or combined cruciate ligament rupture, especially multiligament injuries. Revision ACL and PCL reconstruction. Preoperative fixed posterior tibial subluxation. Reduced range of motion (ROM) with an extension lag (extension/flexion 0‑0-120° preoperatively required). Complex regional pain syndrome. High-grade atrophy of the quadriceps femoris muscle and osseous deformities. Supine position with mobile leg and possible flexion of at least 120° allowing antegrade femoral bone tunnel replacement. Retrograde tunnel placement (e. g. using a retrocutter) is recommended in case of less than 120° knee flexion. Thigh tourniquet. Staging arthroscopy. Cruciate ligament reconstruction is realized by anatomic tunnel placement for the ACL/PCL using the GraftLink®. Recommended sequence of reconstruction: 1. tibial PCL tunnel, 2. femoral ACL tunnel, 3. femoral PCL tunnel, 4. tibial ACL tunnel. Hybrid fixation is recommended. Portals: High anteromedial, high anterolateral, posteromedial, posterolateral, small subvastus incision. Combined cruciate ligament replacement: Gradual load and ROM increase in the PCL track. After postoperative week 5, increasing load up to full weight bearing, with extension/flexion 0‑0-90° after week 7. Down training of the PCL track after week 13. Contact and competitive sports after 1 year. The GraftLink® system allows restoration of knee joint stability with good functional results. The procedure is especially suitable for complex situations like after knee dislocation with ACL and PCL reconstruction in 1 or 2 steps.