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Arthrosc Tech. 2018 Jan 15;7(2):e131-e137. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2017.08.062. eCollection 2018 Feb.

Articulated Bone Block for Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Autograft: Surgical Technique to Facilitate Graft Passage.

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Fundación García-Cugat, Barcelona, Spain.
Artroscopia GC, SL, Hospital Quirón, Barcelona, Spain.
Mutualidad Catalana de Futbolistas, Federación Española de Fútbol, Barcelona, Spain.
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain.


Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the transtibial technique provides successful clinical outcomes. However, a bone-patellar tendon-bone (BTB) autograft with the transtibial technique has not been used by some surgeons because of concerns with graft passage from the tibial to the femoral tunnels (sharp turn) that can damage graft fibers. In the present surgical technique, an arthroscopic, transtibial, single-bundle technique for posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the BTB autograft with an easy and effective technical tip to facilitate graft passage is presented. Once the BTB is harvested, the femoral bone block is divided into 2 equal-sized blocks providing an articulated structure while preserving the tendon component. This facilitates the passage of the BTB tendon once it is entered in the posterior tibia and the graft has to make a sharp turn to reach the femoral tunnel. This easy and effective technique tip may avoid graft damage during the sharp turn, while maintaining all the advantages of a BTB autograft (bone-to-bone healing, own tissue with fast incorporation, and strong fixation and stability).

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