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Home / Research » Needle assisted arthroscopic clysis of the medial collateral ligament of the knee: a simple technique to improve exposure in arthroscopic knee surgery

Needle assisted arthroscopic clysis of the medial collateral ligament of the knee: a simple technique to improve exposure in arthroscopic knee surgery

Li X, Selby RM, Newman A, O’Brien SJ. Needle assisted arthroscopic clysis of the medial collateral ligament of the knee: A simple technique to improve exposure in arthroscopic knee surgery. Orthopedics Reviews. 2013 Dec 18;5(4):e38, 162-4.
 
Abstract
During knee arthroscopy, narrowness and tightness maybe encountered in the medial compartment that does not allow sufficient visualization or instrumentation. When this occurs, our team has found it helpful to per-form a percutaneous clysis of the deep portion of the medial collateral ligament with a spinal needle. With the knee positioned in 10° to 20° of flexion and a valgus stress is applied. A spinal needle (18 Gauge) is passed percuta-neously through the medial collateral ligament between the tibial plateau and undersurface of the medial meniscus. Several passes are made with the spinal needle with the bevel of the needle angled to selectively divide the fibers while keeping the medial collateral ligament under tension. Then with controlled valgus force, the medial compartment will progres-sively open allowing improved visualization to the posteromedial corner of the knee. This increase in space gives an enhanced visual field and further allows more room for arthro-scopic instrumentation.
 
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