Clinical and basic science evidence supports the use of suture tape augmentation of PCL reconstruction

Abstract: Though isolated posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries can often be treated successfully without surgical intervention, in the setting of persistent instability or multiligamentous knee injury, PCL reconstruction is indicated. PCL reconstructions have often resulted in persistent postoperative laxity. Recent research suggests there may be a role for suture tape augmented grafts, which have demonstrated decreased clinical and radiographic laxity as well as improved rates of return to previous level of activity, as compared to PCL reconstruction alone. Several biomechanical studies have also supported the use of suture tape augmentation in PCL reconstruction, and the use of suture tape augmentation or internal bracing and ligament surgery is gaining widespread popularity….

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