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About Robert LaPrade, MD

Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD has specialized skills and expertise in diagnosing and treating complicated knee injuries. He has treated athletes at all levels, including Olympic, professional and intercollegiate athletes, and has returned numerous athletes back to full participation after surgeries. Recognized globally for his outstanding and efficient surgical skills and dedication to sports medicine, he has received many research awards, including the OREF Clinic Research Award considered by many a Nobel Prize in orthopedics. Dr. LaPrade is one of the most published investigators in his field, and many of the surgeries that he has developed are now performed worldwide and recognized as the “gold standard” for the treatment of complex knee injuries.

Incidence of Displaced Posterolateral Tibial Plateau and Lateral Femoral Condyle Impaction Fractures in the Setting of Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Abstract

Bone bruising of the posterolateral tibial plateau and the lateral femoral condyle sulcus terminalis has a well-established association with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. Impaction fractures of the femur and tibia may occur in these locations; however, there is a paucity of literature describing these fractures.

Incidence of Displaced Posterolateral Tibial Plateau and Lateral Femoral Condyle Impaction Fractures in the Setting of Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Morphologic Variants of Posterolateral Tibial Plateau Impaction Fractures in the Setting of Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Abstract

Impaction fractures of the posterolateral tibial plateau commonly occur in the setting of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, with considerable variability found in fracture size and morphologic features.  The primary objective was to characterize different morphologic variants of posterolateral tibial plateau impaction fractures. The secondary objective was to investigate the association between these impaction fracture […]

Morphologic Variants of Posterolateral Tibial Plateau Impaction Fractures in the Setting of Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

ACL and Posterolateral Corner Injuries

Abstract

The importance of the posterolateral corner (PLC) with respect to knee stability, particularly in the setting of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) deficiency, has become more apparent in recent years. The purposes of this article are to review the current concepts of PLC injuries and to address their role in the ACL-deficient and ACL-reconstructed […]

ACL and Posterolateral Corner Injuries

Posterior Medial Meniscus Root Tears Potentiate the Effect of Increased Tibial Slope on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Forces

Abstract

Increased posterior tibial slope and posterior medial meniscus root tears increase the force experienced by the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and predispose patients to higher rates of primary ACL injury or ACL graft failure after an ACL reconstruction (ACLR). However, the interplay among sagittal plane tibial slope, medial meniscus root […]

Posterior Medial Meniscus Root Tears Potentiate the Effect of Increased Tibial Slope on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Forces

Dr. LaPrade Weighs in on Patrick Mahomes’ Knee Dislocation Prognosis

Dr. LaPrade has had several questions about patellar dislocation treatment and recovery since the Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’  patellar dislocation injury last night.  Here is his response

“Most athletes who have a patellar dislocation have a good prognosis for returning to play […]

Dr. LaPrade Weighs in on Patrick Mahomes’ Knee Dislocation Prognosis

Patellar Dislocation Treatment

What is a patellar dislocation?

Patellar (kneecap) dislocations are among the most common in the body. They usually occur in adolescents or young adults with contact or noncontact twisting injuries with the knee close to full extension. Almost always, the dislocation occurs with the patella dislocating to the outside (lateral aspect) of the knee. Putting the […]

Patellar Dislocation Treatment

Double-Bundle Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction With Allograft

Abstract

Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is the treatment of choice for recurrent patellofemoral instability. Although attention to MPFL reconstruction in the orthopaedic literature has increased dramatically in recent years, there is no clear consensus on surgical technique, graft option, or method of fixation. Nevertheless, most studies have shown improved pain scores and low rates of […]

Double-Bundle Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction With Allograft

Patellar Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation

Abstract

Chondral defects of the patellofemoral joint remain a difficult-to-treat pathology with limited long-term results. Currently available techniques to treat large or unipolar chondral defects of the patella include autologous chondrocyte implantation and osteochondral allograft transplantation. Despite the recent advances in orthobiologic adjuncts, there is no single gold-standard surgical approach to this difficult-to-treat pathology in patients […]

Patellar Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation

Combined Posterior Cruciate Ligament and Superficial Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Reconstruction: Avoiding Tunnel Convergence

Abstract

Combined posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries represent a complex
pathology that requires a thorough clinical and radiographic examination to diagnose and identify all injured structures.
Anatomic reconstruction of the injured ligaments is recommended, including double-bundle PCL reconstruction and
superficial MCL augmentation. In the setting of this complex reconstruction, several technical aspects require consideration […]

Combined Posterior Cruciate Ligament and Superficial Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Reconstruction: Avoiding Tunnel Convergence

Type II Medial Meniscus Root Repair With Peripheral Release for Addressing Meniscal Extrusion

Abstract

Medial meniscal root tears are often disabling injuries that can occur in isolation during low-velocity, deep
knee flexion maneuvers in middle-aged patients. The most common meniscal root tear pattern is a radial tear near the
root attachment (type II). Root tears are often associated with meniscal extrusion, identified on magnetic resonance
imaging. Relocation of the meniscal root to […]

Type II Medial Meniscus Root Repair With Peripheral Release for Addressing Meniscal Extrusion