New Research Renews Interest in the Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee

Anterolateral_LigamentDr. Steven Claes' (University of Leuven, Belgium) recent award-winning research has further defined the anatomy and function of the Anterolateral Ligament (ALL). Writing in the Journal of Anatomy, Dr. Claes suggests the fibrous band could play a part in one of the most common sports injuries worldwide.

“Despite glimpses of the ligament in medical history, this is the first time its structure and purpose have been so clearly established,” Claes says.

For some patients, rupture of the ACL and ALL may cause excess joint laxity that may not be resolved with ACL reconstruction alone. Working with Dr. Claes, as well as other leading knee surgeons, Arthrex has developed minimally invasive reconstruction techniques to address this pathology and will be releasing an instructional video by Dr. Claes in the coming days.

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