The popliteus tendon is the tendon of the popliteus muscle, which is a muscle at the back of the knee. This is a small but important muscle that contributes to knee stability.

Popliteus muscle and popliteus tendon This is a view from the back of the knee. The tendon of the popliteus is unusual in that it passes into the joint capsule behind the lateral meniscus via a gap called the popliteus hiatus.


The popliteus and the posterolateral corner

The popliteus muscle and tendon have a complex relationship to the lateral meniscus and the other structures of the posterolateral corner.


An important discussion of two patients whose symptoms changed and worsened after a partial lateral meniscectomy.

Posterolateral corner

A brief overview of the anatomy in this important part of the knee.



Popliteus impingement after TKA may occur with well-sized prostheses. Bonnin MP, de Kok A, Verstraete M, Van Hoof T, Van der Straten C, Saffarini M and Victor J. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017; 25(6): 1720–1730.

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