Knee stability after resection of the proximal fibula

Jacob Bickels*, Yehuda Kollender, Tamir Pritsch, Isaac Meller, Martin M. Malawer

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Managing tumors of the proximal fibula may require en bloc resection of the fibular head with the attachment site for the lateral collateral ligament. These resections of the proximal fibula cause unavoidable knee instability. We describe a reconstructive technique intended to minimize that instability. We retrospectively reviewed 24 patients who had proximal fibular resections from 1987 to 2004 and analyzes their knee stability and functional outcome. Resections were less (Type I) or more (Type II) radical depending upon the tumor type. Reconstruction included stapling the lateral collateral ligament to the lateral tibial metaphysis, cast immobilization, and protected weightbearing for 3 weeks. MSTS function scores were available for 19 of the 24 patients. At their most recent followup, 20 patients had a stable knee, three had 1 to 5 mm lateral joint space opening, and one had 6 to 10 mm lateral joint space opening. Patients with Type I resection had a better stability and function than those with a Type II resection. Stapling the lateral collateral ligament was a reliable technique for reconstructing the lateral collateral ligament after resecting the proximal fibula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-201
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
StatePublished - Jan 2007


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