How do revision ACL reconstruction patients fare down the road? 4 observations

Written by Adam Schrag | April 27, 2017 | Print  |

A study recently released in The American Journal of Sports Medicine shows patients undergoing revision ACL reconstruction tend to recover well.

Here are four things to know:

 

1. The following outcomes were evaluated:

 

  • Revisions
  • Subsequent operations
  • Deep surgical site infections  
  • Deep venous thrombosis

 

2. Of the 2019 evaluated patients who had undergone revision ACLR:

 

  • 10.5 percent required subsequent operative procedures
  • 4.3 percent underwent two revisions
  • 0.6. percent reported deep surgical site infections
  • 0.3 percent reported deep venous thrombosis
  • 0.1 percent reported a pulmonary embolism

 

3. Revision ACLR's short-term revision rate is low and rarely leads to future complications, according to the study authors.

 

4. Nearly half of the evaluated patients had an irreparable meniscal injury and less than half had a cartilage injury, according to the report.

 

Researchers believe a large ACLR registry helps surgeons understand treatment practices, prevalence of concurrent injuries and procedural outcomes.

 

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