Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction Technique Utilizing Patellar Suture Anchors and a Peroneus Longus Tendon Allograft


The medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) is generally nonfunctional in cases of recurrent lateral patellar instability. While there are numerous techniques and graft choices, patellar fracture after MPFL reconstruction remains a rare but devastating complication, as tunnels drilled completely through the patella increase the risk of fracture. This article presents a technique of MPFL reconstruction utilizing patellar suture anchors and a peroneus longus tendon allograft that avoids the need to drill tunnels that completely traverse the patella. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 28(3):166–174, 2019) Key words: medial patellofemoral ligament, patellar fracture, patellar instability, suture anchors

Nathan A. Rimmke, MD; Robert A. Magnussen, MD, MPH; and David C. Flanigan, MD