Knee multi-ligament reconstruction: a historical note on the fundamental landmarks.

Research paper by B B Di Matteo, V V Tarabella, G G Filardo, Patrizia P Tomba, Anna A Viganò, M M Marcacci, S S Zaffagnini

Indexed on: 11 May '15Published on: 11 May '15Published in: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy


Several eminent surgeons made breakthroughs in knee surgery throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Before that, knee injuries were only treated conservatively and it was thanks to the progress made in the field of biomechanics and biology that new surgical treatments were proposed. The history of medicine recalls some illustrious surgeons such as Thomas Annandale and Mayo Robson who were the first to perform and describe their revolutionary experience regarding meniscal and anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Less famous are the forefathers of multi-ligament reconstructive surgery: the purpose of this paper was to shed some light on the pioneers of this particular field of orthopaedic practice, which is gaining increasing interest in current clinical practice. Level of evidence V.