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J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Mar;21(3):389-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2011.04.033. Epub 2011 Aug 3.

The docking technique for lateral ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction: surgical technique and clinical outcomes.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, USA. kjjonesmd@gmail.com

Abstract

HYPOTHESIS:

Lateral ulnar collateral ligament (LUCL) reconstruction is a commonly used surgical approach for the treatment of posterolateral rotatory instability (PLRI). We hypothesized that favorable clinical results could be obtained using the docking technique.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Between 1996 and 2009, the docking technique was used for surgical reconstruction of the LUCL in 8 patients with purely ligamentous posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow. The clinical results of these patients were retrospectively reviewed.

RESULTS:

At a mean follow-up of 7.1 years (range, 5.2-9.4 years), 6 patients (75%) demonstrated complete resolution of lateral elbow instability, and 2 (25%) reported occasional instability with activities of daily living. The mean Mayo Elbow Performance Score was 87.5 (range, 75-100). Subjective assessment revealed that all patients were satisfied with their clinical outcome.

CONCLUSION:

LUCL reconstruction using the docking technique facilitates simple graft tensioning and excellent graft fixation. Clinical results are comparable with previously reported studies with a low complication rate.

PMID:
21813299
DOI:
10.1016/j.jse.2011.04.033
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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