While anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the iliotibial band is not a new technique, it still remains underdeveloped. The iliotibial band has historically been described as a thin and less resistant structure. Its harvesting has been associated with a risk of complications (hematoma, muscle hernia) and its small graft diameter increases the risk of rerupture. The addition of the gracilis tendon could potentially produce a graft with an increased diameter. In this technical note, we present a modification to the traditional technique performed on 50 patients, describing the surgical steps, graft diameter, clinical outcomes and complications at the 2-year follow-up. The mean graft diameter was 8.9±0.9 mm at the femur and 7.7±0.7 mm at the tibia. No rerupture was reported at the 2-year follow-up.
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Keywords : Arthroscopy, Iliotibial band, Anterior cruciate ligament, Lateral tenodesis, Gracilis