A femoral tunnel view test during ACL reconstruction - arthr
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Despite technologic advances in the surgical techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, some patients continue to have violation of the femoral cortex, commonly referred to as wall blowout. These posterior or lateral cortical breaches lead to loss of graft containment and subsequent difficulty with graft fixation. If this intraoperative error is not promptly recognized and treated, the graft is at an increased risk of premature failure. Thus, in these situations, recognizing the complication and knowing strategies for alternative or salvage fixation are of importance. This article details a simple tunnel view test realized during ACL reconstruction that would enable determining the integrity and depth of the femoral tunnel. The femoral tunnel view test is a technically straightforward and quick test able to obtain a superior view of patient anatomy to facilitate accurate tunnel integrity evaluation during ACL reconstruction...

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