Arthroscopic Ligamentum Teres Reconstruction Using Anterior Tibialis Allograft and the Tension-Slide Technique

Once perceived to be a vestigial structure, the ligamentum teres (LT) is now increasingly understood to be critical to providing stability in the adult hip. Surgical treatment with arthroscopic debridement is usually the procedure of choice to treat LT tears. However, reconstruction is a possible alternative in select cases. The authors of a recent systematic review concluded that LT debridement may provide short-term relief of hip pain in patients with partial-thickness tears in whom conservative management has failed whereas reconstruction may be more beneficial in cases of full-thickness tears. This Technical Note describes a method for arthroscopic LT reconstruction using the tension-slide technique to fixate an anterior tibialis tendon allograft to the acetabulum.

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