Outcomes of Surgical Treatment of Posterolateral Instability of the Knee Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Joint Instability
  • Knee Joint


  • The purpose of this review is to assess the outcomes of surgical treatment of posterolateral instability of the knee in an evidence-based manner. The majority of the existing outcomes literature on posterolateral instability consists of small, level IV case series and level III retrospective studies. Outcomes of surgical treatment of posterolateral instability of the knee are difficult to compare because of the heterogeneous presentation of posterolateral corner (PLC) injuries, the variability of their associated injuries, and their relative rarity. As such, three common types of surgical intervention for posterolateral instability are explored separately in this article, including acute repair, acute reconstruction, and chronic reconstruction. In general, the current literature supports early anatomic repair of all soft tissues and concomitant PLC reconstruction; however, because of the variability of posterolateral injury, surgical treatment options should be tailored to the patient, depending on the severity and chronicity of the posterolateral instability, as well as the associated injuries present.

publication date

  • December 2015



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1055/s-0035-1558857

PubMed ID

  • 26266553

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 471

end page

  • 4


  • 28


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