KNEE SURGERY SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY ARTHROSCOPY, vol.29, no.6, pp.1904-1912, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)
Purpose The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical, radiological and functional results of patients underwent single-tunnel (ST) and double-tunnel (DT) medial patellofemoral ligament(MPFL) reconstructions with hamstring autograft following recurrent patella dislocation prospectively in a single institution. Methods From 2013 to 2017, 80 patients with symptomatic recurrent patellar dislocation or instability were randomly divided into 2 groups for MPFL reconstruction with ST technique or DT technique and evaluated prospectively. In the ST group, there were 20 male and 20 female with a median follow-up of 46.5 months (range 24-74). The median age was 15 years (range 10-28). In the DT group, there were 18 male and 22 female with a median follow-up of 40 months (range 24-74). The median age was 19 years (range 14-29). Clinical scores (Kujala score, Lysholm score, Tegner score and IKDC score) and radiological measurements (congruence angle and patellar tilt angle) of the patients were evaluated preoperatively and at postoperative 24th month. Isokinetic dynamometric tests were performed at postoperative 24th month and the difference between the operated leg and the non-operated leg was found as a percentage deficit. Results There were no postoperative complications, redislocation or subluxation in any patient. Kujala, Lysholm, Tegner and IKDC scores were better and statistically significant postoperatively in both groups (p < 0.05). However, there was no statistically significant difference between the groups (n.s.). The congruence angle and patellar tilt angle were found to be returned to normal values postoperatively, but there was no statistically significant difference between the groups (n.s.). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in isokinetic dynamometric tests performed as 60 degrees flexion, 60 degrees extension, 180 degrees flexion and 180 degrees extension (n.s.). Conclusion The present study is the first that compared the clinical, radiological and functional results of the ST and DT techniques to date. Regardless of the number of the tunnels, similar results were obtained in ST and DT reconstruction using transpatellar tunnel technique.