ACL Surgery: When to do it?
The athletic seasons are re-opening for all levels of athletes, top level athletes and recreational athletes alike. Increasing speed and power and more people participating in different kinds of sports inevitably leads to a rising number of diagnosed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. By and large, restoring knee function and returning to athleticactivity requires intact rotatory knee stability. Therefore, early anatomic ACL reconstruction is often recommended.
Acute ACL reconstruction shows superior clinical results and can be performed safely without an increased risk of developing arthrofibrosis
Purpose: To compare acute ACL reconstruction (ACLR) within 8 days of injury with delayed reconstruction after normalized range of motion (ROM), 6–10 weeks after injury. It was hypothesized that acute ACL reconstruction with modern techniques is safe and can be beneficial in terms of patient-reported outcomes and range of motion.
Higher frequency of osteoarthritis in patients with ACL graft rupture than in those with intact ACL grafts 30 years after reconstruction
Purpose: The aim was to assess the results of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction regarding graft failure, knee laxity, and osteoarthritis (OA) from a longterm perspective. It was hypothesized that intact ACL graft reduces the risk for increased OA development.
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