Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 1339–1344 | Cite as

The scientific rationale for lateral tenodesis augmentation of intra-articular ACL reconstruction using a modified ‘Lemaire’ procedure

  • Andy WilliamsEmail author
  • Simon Ball
  • Jo Stephen
  • Nathan White
  • Mary Jones
  • Andrew Amis



The purpose of this work was to develop the rationale for adding a lateral extra-articular tenodesis to an ACL reconstruction in a knee with an injury that included both the ACL and anterolateral structures, and to show the early clinical picture.


The paper includes a review of recent anatomical and biomechanical studies of the anterolateral aspect of the knee. It then provides a detailed description of a modified Lemaire tenodesis technique. A short-term clinical follow-up of a case and control group was performed, with two sequential groups of patients treated by isolated ACL reconstruction, and by combined ACL plus lateral tenodesis.


The anatomical and biomechanical literature guide the surgeon towards a procedure based on the ilio-tibial band. The clinical study found a reduction in pivot-shift instability in the group of patients with the combined procedure.


The evidence suggests that it should be appropriate to add a lateral extra-articular procedure to an ACL reconstruction in selected cases, but it was concluded that further data are required before definitive guidelines on the use of a lateral tenodesis can be established.

Level of evidence



Anterior cruciate ligament Anterolateral ligament Iliotibial band Lateral tenodesis Lemaire Lateral collateral ligament 


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Conflict of interest

The authors’ biomechanical studies which support this article were supported by fellowship grants from Smith & Nephew (Endoscopy) Co, by the AGA (The German-speaking Arthroscopy Association) and the Bergen Regional Health Authority.


There is no funding source.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fortius ClinicLondonUK
  2. 2.Chelsea and Westminster HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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