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1 Knee Anatomy Reza Omid, M.D. Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery
Shoulder & Elbow Reconstruction Sports Medicine Keck School of Medicine of USC

2 Bony Anatomy Tibiofemoral joint Patellofemoral joint

3 Femoral Condyles Smaller radius of curvature Smaller in all dimensions
A – Lateral Condyle Smaller radius of curvature Smaller in all dimensions Extends more anteriorly B – Medial Condyle Larger radius of curvature Extends more distally C – Intercondylar notch

4 Tibial Plateau D – Medial Plateau Greater surface area Concave
Circular shape E – Intercondylar Eminence F – Lateral Plateau Smaller surface area Convex Oval shape

5 Patella Sesamoid bone in quadriceps Dividing central ridge
Comprised of seven facets Medial and Lateral facets divided into 3rds 7th facet is most medial (odd facet) Medial half usually smaller Thick hyaline cartilage (5.5mm)

6 Femoral Sulcus Lateral wider and higher Both with sagittal convexity

7 Screw Home Mechanism Knee achieves terminal extension via the “screw home mechanism The tibia externally rotates in relation to the femur. When the knee needs to flex, the popliteus contracts which causes internal rotation of the tibia and in essence unlocking the knee and allowing it to bend

8 Bony Alignment

9 Popliteal Artery Originates at the adductor hiatus and passes through the popliteal fossa, then deep to the fibrous arch over the soleus muscle Divides into the anterior and posterior tibial arteries at the distal aspect of the popliteus muscle

10 Popliteal Artery The popliteal artery is 9mm posterior to the posterior cortex of the tibia at 90° of flexion and even closer in extension. Place retractors biased to the medial side when possible.

11 Skin Blood Flow If two longitudinal incisions are present, the more lateral incision should be used (if allows adequate exposure) because most of blood supply comes in medially. The lateral skin edge is more hypoxic than the medial skin edge so keep this in mind when placing sutures.

12 Tibial Nerve Initially lateral to the popliteal artery
Crosses at midpoint to end medial to the artery at soleus arch

13 Common Peroneal Nerve Lateral aspect of the popliteal space
Medial and posterior to the biceps femoris tendon

14 Infrapatellar Branch of Saphenous

15 Patellofemoral Biomechanics
Joint Reactive Force In flexion, patella compressed onto femur creating joint reactive force Stair climbing – 3.5 X BW Deep bends – 7-8 X BW

16 Menisci Primarily type I collagen with fibers arranged obliquely, radially, and vertically Outer 10% to 30% has blood supplied from the perimeniscal capillary plexus off the superior and inferior medial and lateral genicular arteries

17 Secondary Stabilization
Meniscus Function Load Transmission 50% load transmitted in extension 85% load transmitted at 90 degrees flexion Resection of 15-34% increases pressure 350% Secondary Stabilization Medial meniscus provides anterior restraint Especially in ACL deficient knee

18 Lateral Meniscus Loose peripheral attachment allows greater translation during motion Average excursions of the menisci with knee flexion 5.2 mm for the medial 11 mm for the lateral Bare area anterior to popliteus tendon Two highly variable meniscofemoral ligaments attach it to medial femoral condyle: Anterior – Humphrey Posterior – Wrisberg’s

19 Ligaments Tensile strengths of various knee ligaments:
MCL ~ N PCL ~ N ACL ~ N LCL ~750N

20 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
26-38 (33) mm in length ACL graft selection you aim for at least mm graft length because it needs about ~33mm for the tibial tunnel, ~33mm for the femoral tunnel and ~33 for the graft itself 11 mm in width Primary restraint Anterior translation of tibia (74-85%) Normal 3-5mm of translation Secondary restraint Internal rotation Varus/Valgus Hyperextension

21 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Two bands Anteromedial band taut in flexion Posterolateral band taut in extension

22 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Femoral Attachment Posterior portion of medial surface of LFC Oriented in line of axis of femur in extension Footprint in shape of circular segment Posterior convexity 4 mm anterior to articular surface Surface area measures x 11 mm Lateral to midline on AP view Posterosuperior on lateral view

23 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Tibial Attachment Anterolateral to medial spine Insertion has oval shape Sections attach to bone, AHLM, PHLM 15 mm posterior to anterior tibia 17-30 x 11 mm surface area Just lateral to midline on AP 40% back on lateral view

24 Lateral Bifurcate Ridge
Running perpendicular to the lateral intercondylar ridge) seperates the origins of the anteromedial and posterolaterla bundles.

25 Lateral Intercondylear Ridge
Resident’s ridge on the lateral femoral condylar wall denotes the lateral intercondylear ridge and marks the most anterior and superior extent of the femoral origins of the ACL.

26 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Blood Supply ACL completely ensheathed in fold of synovial membrane Although intraarticular, technically extrasynovial Main supply is middle geniculate with smaller contribution from both inferior geniculates Innervation Branches of tibial nerve Very few pain receptors in substance of ACL

27 Posterior Cruciate Ligament
38 mm in length 13 mm in width Narrowest diameter at midsubstance Anterolateral band More robust, Taut in flexion Posteromedial band Thinner, Taut in extension

28 Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Femoral Attachment Lateral surface MFC Shape of circular segment Distal margin 3 mm proximal to articular surface

29 Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Tibial Attachment Depression between tibial plateaus 1 cm distal to tibial articular surface Can have contributions to PHLM as well as meniscofemoral ligaments Average width 13 mm

30 PCL Biomechanics Function Primary restraint
Posterior translation of tibia (90-95%) Greatest translation occurs at 75 degrees flexion Secondary restraint Varus/valgus External rotation

31 Medial Structures Layer 1: Deep fascia and Sartorius Layer 2: Superficial MCL, MPFL Layer 3: Joint capsule, Deep MCL

32 Pes Anserinus

33 Medial Ligaments Superficial MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament)
Originates on medial epicondyle avg: 3.2 mm proximal and 4.8 mm posterior to medial epicondyle Tibial insertions (2) distal and proximal Proximal: anterior arm of the semimembranosus tendon Distal: broad-based, just anterior to the posteromedial crest of the tibia, most located within the pesanserine bursa Posterior Oblique Ligament (POL) superficial, central (main component), and capsular arms Deep MCL Divided into meniscofemoral and meniscotibial ligaments


35 MCL

36 Superficial MCL most important for stability (57-78%)
MCL Biomechanics Stability – Most important in flexion when posterior structures relaxed Valgus rotation External rotation Medial/Lateral translation Superficial MCL most important for stability (57-78%) Sectioning Deep MCL does not result in instability if Superficial MCL intact

37 Medial Patellofemoral Ligament
Runs transversely in Layer 2 Originates from adductor tubercle, femoral epicondyle, and superficial MCL Proximal fiber inserts on undersurface of VMO and vastus intermedius Distal fibers insert on superomedial patella Width averages 1.3 cm


39 MPFL Biomechanics Soft tissue restraint of extensor mechanism Patella subluxes most easily at 20° knee flexion MPFL resists patellar lateral subluxation greatest in extension Primary stabilizer followed by patellomeniscal, patellotibial, and medial retinaculum

40 Lateral Structures Layer 1 IT band biceps tendon Layer 2
Lateral retinaculum patellofemoral ligaments Layer 3 Joint capsule LCL arcuate ligament fabellofibular ligament popliteofibular ligament

41 Lateral Structures Layer 1 IT band biceps tendon Layer 2
Lateral retinaculum patellofemoral ligaments Layer 3 Joint capsule LCL arcuate ligament fabellofibular ligament popliteofibular ligament

42 IT band continues distally to form the:
Iliotibial Band Coalescence at greater trochanter of tensor fascia lata, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus IT band continues distally to form the: IT tract Inserts distally on Gerdy’s tubercle and on distal femur through intermuscular septum Iliopatellar band Inserts on lateral patella resisting medial directed forces

43 IT Band Biomechanics Functions Stabilizes against varus opening
Knee extensor in extension Knee flexor in flexion External rotator of tibia in >40 flexion

44 Lateral Collateral Ligament
Arises in fovea slightly proximal (1.4 mm) and posterior (3.1 mm) to lateral epicondyle Attaches to V-shaped plateau of fibular head (8.2mm distal to anterior edge) Surrounded by biceps femoris tendon distally Average length mm AP diameter 3.4 mm ML diameter 2.3 mm

45 LCL Origin Posterior (4.6 mm) and proximal (1.3 mm) to the lateral femoral epicondyle Posterior and superior to the insertion of the poplitieus (18mm away from each other)

46 LCL Biomechanics Tightest in extension, 0-30 degrees Becomes looser in flexion >30 degrees Primary restraint to varus Secondary restraint to ER and posterior translation

47 Posterolateral Corner
FCL Popliteus tendon Popliteofibular lig

48 Posterolateral Corner
Static Stabilizers (highly variable) LCL Fabellofibular ligament Short lateral ligament Popliteofibular ligament Arcuate ligament Posterolateral capsule Posterior horn lateral meniscus Lateral coronary ligament

49 Posterolateral Corner
Dynamic Stabilizers IT band Lateral gastrocnemius Biceps femoris Popliteus

50 Popliteus Complex Dynamic Static Popliteus muscle
Popliteofibular ligament Popliteotibial fascicle Popliteomeniscal fascicle

51 Popliteus Muscle Originates from posteromedial surface of proximal tibia Tendon passes in hiatus of coronary ligament, crosses under LCL, inserts on lateral femoral condyle 3-5 mm proximal to articular surface

52 Popliteofibular ligament
Average length 42 mm Descends from popliteus muscle (at musculotendinous junction) to posterosuperior fibular head Composed of anterior and posterior fascicle Functions as pulley to the popliteus

53 Arcuate Ligament Fibers oriented in various directions Y-shaped configuration over popliteus Medial limb terminates into oblique popliteal ligament Lateral limb invariable present, and is less distinct

54 Fabellofibular vs Short Lateral Ligament
Fabellofibular ligament Present when fabella present (8-16%) Courses from fabella to fibular head Short lateral ligament Present when fabella absent Courses from lateral femur to fibular head Represents a homologue of the fabellofibular ligament

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