Volume 8, 2022
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||01 April 2022|
Ligament reconstruction using a semitendinosus tendon graft for proximal tibiofibular joint disorder: Case report
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyoto Kujo Hospital, 10 Karahashi Rajomon, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 601-8453, Japan
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8602, Japan
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 19 February 2022
We report our case of ligament reconstruction for treatment of proximal tibiofibular joint disorder using a semitendinosus tendon graft. A 21-year-old male college soccer player with no remarkable history of injury had been suffering from pain at the lateral aspect of the left knee when playing soccer. At another hospital, the patient was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury and cartilage injury of the external condyle of the tibia and underwent partial resection of the meniscus and bone drilling. However, his symptoms continued, and he was referred to our institution. Instability of the left proximal tibiofibular joint and pain were noted during weight-bearing dorsiflexion of the ankle. We diagnosed the case as a proximal tibiofibular joint disorder and surgically treated it by dissecting the proximal portion of the semitendinosus tendon, creating one transfibular and two transtibial tunnels, and then reconstructing the proximal tibiofibular ligament using the harvested semitendinosus tendon graft. The patient was allowed to run at postoperative 2 months, with no pain occurring while squatting at postoperative 3 months, subsequently resuming soccer at postoperative 8 months. The proximal tibiofibular joint disorder is a relatively rare pathology, and diagnosis and conservative treatment are often difficult. Although various surgical treatments are known, the clinical outcome of our case has been successful after reconstructing the anterior and posterior proximal tibiofibular ligaments using a semitendinosus tendon graft.
Key words: Tibiofibular joint / Semitendinosus tendon / Ligament / Reconstruction
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