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Arthroscopy. 2009 Jan;25(1):95-101. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2008.10.012.

Anteromedial portal technique for the anterior cruciate ligament femoral socket: pitfalls and solutions.

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Taos Orthopaedic Institute Research Foundation, Taos, New Mexico 87571, USA.


Creating the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) femoral socket using the anteromedial (AM) portal technique has advantages. Furthermore, the technique is ideal for anatomic double-bundle (particularly posterolateral bundle) and all-inside ACL techniques. However, although the AM portal technique has advantages, the learning curve is steep when making the transition from familiar, transtibial reaming to the AM portal technique for ACL femoral tunnel creation. Complications and challenges are many when learning the AM portal technique. The purpose of this technical note is to describe tips and pearls for surgeons contemplating the transition to the AM portal technique for the ACL femoral socket.

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