Publisher Description

Smith & Nephew’s newest installment into the interactive educational series is the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction. This new interactive technique guide describes an allograft to recreate the static checkrein effect of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL). Recurrent instability of the patella is a significant injury, commonly occurs after primary dislocation leading to disability. The MPFL is proven to be the primary static restraint to lateral translation of the patella. In the past, plication techniques have been used to attempt to tighten the MPFL. These techniques are not as effective in preventing recurrence of dislocation as reconstruction of the MPFL. Contemporary techniques for addressing patella instability focus on pathologic structures and anatomically restoring the static restraint to lateral patella translation with a medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction. The goals of these procedures are to recreate the primary ligamentous restraint to prevent lateral patella instability. Additionally, if the lateral structures are tight or shortened, a lateral lengthening technique is presented for appropriate balancing of the parapatellar structures in certain situations. 


Smith & Nephew, Inc. is excited to introduce this guide as part of its interactive educational series for orthopedic medical professionals built specifically for the Apple iBook store. Produced in collaboration with leading surgeons in the orthopedic field, this innovative technique guide series includes all aspects of both existing and emerging procedures across all the various joints. 


Beyond the technique steps, users will have a plethora of additional content their finger-tips: surgical videos, anatomic illustrations, technique tips, illustrative patient case images, product offering recommendations, and comprehensive treatment details. Combine this with build-in features like highlighting, note taking and integrated glossaries and you have a truly immersive and engaging educational experience for the reader.   


This technique guide was prepared under the guidance of David Flanigan, MD, and under close collaboration with the physician. It is provided for educational and informational purposes only. It contains a summary of medical techniques and opinions based upon the surgeon’s training and expertise in the field, along with his knowledge of Smith & Nephew's knee arthroscopy and repair products. Smith & Nephew does not provide medical advice and this technique guide is not intended to serve as such. It is the responsibility of the treating physicians to determine and utilize the appropriate products and techniques according to their own clinical judgment for each of their patients. For more information on the products in this surgical technique, including indications for use, contraindications, effects, precautions and warnings, please consult the products' Instructions for Use (IFU).

Professional & Technical
March 6
Smith & Nephew, Inc.