Kite technique: Safe & Effective for the treatment of Acute
Kite technique has been introduced to reduce acute acromioclavicular joint dislocation (ACJD) and augment both coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments. The Kite technique is the first all arthroscopic technique with this aim.

41 consecutive patients with acute type III and V acromioclavicular joint dislocation were treated with the Kite technique: it consists of positioning three titanium buttons connected by heavy sutures in an 8-strand configuration between clavicle and coracoid to restore the anatomy of CC ligaments. Patients were followed up for a median of 35 months (range 30–43 months).

--Median operation time was 70.6 min (range 58–82), with no cases of intra-operative complications.

--At the final follow-up, the median post-operative Constant Score and SST were 94.1 and 11.6, respectively.

--At the final follow-up reduction maintenance was present in 39 patients; in one patient, signs of acromioclavicular joint dislocation recurrence were present 3 months post-op.

--In another patient, medial suture ruptures occurred 4 months after surgery with type II acromioclavicular joint dislocation recurrence but with scarce symptoms and full recovery to sport activity.

--Clavicle osteolysis was observed in 4 patients. Cosmetics of the arm were judged as excellent in 39/41. All patients, except two, were satisfied with the final result.

The Kite approach is ultimately a safe and replicable arthroscopic procedure for the treatment of acute ACJD. This approach can be considered by surgeons when the treatment of an acute acromioclavicular dislocation is planned in daily clinical practice because to the great results and the low complication rate.