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J R Soc Med. 1993 November; 86(11): 637–638.
PMCID: PMC1294220

Extra-articular tenodesis for anterior cruciate deficient knees: a review of the Ellison repair.


Twenty-two patients who underwent an Ellison extra-articular tenodesis for anterolateral instability of the knee, performed by one surgeon (SCC), have been reviewed after a mean follow-up of 59 months. Seventy-seven per cent had a good or excellent result enabling them to return to their pre-injury level of sport. These results compare very favourably with intra-articular repair but are not associated with such severe complications.

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