The lateral retinaculum is the name given to the structures that provide a passive restraint to the patella on the outer (lateral) side of the knee.


The lateral retinaculum and lateral release

This structure is important and it should be surgically 'released' only in very special circumstances.

An 'interpretation' of a 2008 medical publications of the anatomical structure of the lateral retinaculum as found in cadaver dissections.