Editorial Commentary: Back to the Future With the Medial Patellofemoral Complex

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The desire to better re-create the native anatomy in orthopaedic surgery—and especially knee ligament reconstruction—was an area of great debate and discussion approximately 10 years ago in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Our better and more detailed understanding of the anatomy, especially the insertional anatomy, of the ACL fueled the debate over the best surgical technique to maximize function, improve patient outcomes, and reduce long-term morbidity. While these discussions are still ongoing, detailed study of the medial patellofemoral complex (MPFC) anatomy is bringing us “back to the future” with similar discussions on how to best re-create this anatomy. Although specific techniques and surgical risks versus rewards will continue to be debated, our improved understanding of the anatomy of the MPFC, similar to our improved understanding of the ACL, ultimately will improve how MPFC reconstruction is performed and improve patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3016-3018
Number of pages3
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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