Reefing is surgical tightening of the retinacular tissues on the medial aspect of the patella.


Medial reefing for instability

The procedure is performed to correct patellar instability.

medial reefing
medial plication
medial retinacular reefing
medial capsule reefing

The unstable patella

A discussion about patellar instability, the factors that may cause the patella to sublux or dislocate, and what can be done about it.

A patellofemoral expert discusses the modern role of the now controversial lateral release procedure



What does medial reefing mean?

Medial reefing.

Open lateral release and medial reefing?


Medial retinaculum reefing for the treatment for patellar instability. Cerciello S, Lustig S, Costanzo G and Neyret P. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Oct;22(10):2505-12. doi: 10.1007/s00167-014-3171-6. Epub 2014 Jul 25.

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