Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization and primary repair: A new concept for the treatment of knee dislocation.

Kohl, Sandro; Stock, Anna Katharina; Ahmad, Sufian; Zumstein, Matthias; Keel, Marius; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis; Kohlhof, Hendrik; Eggli, Stefan; Evangelopoulos, Dimitrios Stergios (2015). Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization and primary repair: A new concept for the treatment of knee dislocation. Injury - international journal of the care of the injured, 46(4), pp. 724-728. Elsevier 10.1016/j.injury.2014.10.012

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Traumatic knee dislocation represents a rare but devastating injury. Several controversies persist regarding type of treatment, surgical timing, graft selection, repair versus reconstruction of the medial and lateral structures, surgical techniques and postoperative rehabilitation. A new technique for primary ACL stabilization, dynamic intaligamentary stabilization (DIS) was developed at the authors' institution. The purpose of this study was to analyze the clinical and radiological outcomes of surgically treated traumatic knee dislocations by means of the DIS technique for the ACL, primary suturing for PCL, MCL and LCL.


Between 2009 and 2012, 35 patients treated surgically for traumatic knee dislocation with primary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with DIS, suturing of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and primary complete repair of collaterals, were evaluated clinically (IKDC score, SF12 health survey, Lysholm score, Tegner score) and radiologically with a mean follow up of 2.2 years (range 1.00-3.50 years) years. Instrumented anterior-posterior translation was measured (KT-2000).


Anterior/posterior translation (KT-2000) for the healthy and injured limb was 4.8mm (range 3-8mm) and 7.3mm (range 5-10) (89N) respectively. Valgus and varus stress testing in 30° flexion was normal in 26 (75%) and 29 (83%) patients, respectively. The IKDC score was B in 29 (83%) and C in 6 (17%) patients, while the mean Tegner score was 6 (range 4-8). The mean Lysholm score was 90.83 (range 81-95) and mean SF-12 physical and mental scores were 54.1 (range 45-60) and 51.0 (range 39-62) respectively. In 2 patients, a secondary operation was performed.


Early, one stage reconstruction with DIS can achieve good functional results and patient satisfaction with overall restoration of sports and working capacity without graft requirements.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

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Kohl, Sandro, Stock, Anna Katharina, Ahmad, Sufian, Zumstein, Matthias, Keel, Marius, Exadaktylos, Aristomenis


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Romana Saredi

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22 Apr 2015 15:20

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05 Dec 2022 14:45

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Acute ligament repair; Dislocation; Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization; Knee





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