Selective bundle reconstruction for symptomatic partial anterior cruciate ligament tears demonstrates good functional scores, high return to sport rates and a low re-tear rate

Jay R. Ebert, Peter Edwards, Peter T. Annear

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Abstract

Background: The treatment of symptomatic partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears remains controversial. This study investigated the clinical and functional outcome of patients undergoing selective posterolateral (PLB) or anteromedial (AMB) bundle reconstruction. Methods: 55 consecutive patients underwent partial bundle reconstruction, of which 45 (AMB = 17, PLB = 28) were included in the current analysis (62% male, mean age of 29.1 years). Patients were assessed at 12 and 24 months with patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), graft laxity (KT-1000), knee extensor and flexor torque and a 4-hop battery. Limb Symmetry Indices (LSIs) were calculated. Return to sport (RTS) rates, re-operations and re-injuries were evaluated. Results: High scoring PROMs were evident, with 62% and 84% of patients participating in pivoting sports at 12 and 24 months, respectively. Overall, 98% of patients demonstrated ‘normal’ knee laxity at 24 months. Mean LSIs for all hop tests were ≥ 90% at 12 and 24 months, with 76–87% of patients demonstrating LSIs ≥ 90% on the four hop tests employed at 12 months, which was 89–93% of patients at 24 months. A mean knee extensor torque LSI of 89% and 97% was observed at 12 and 24 months. Two ipsilateral re-tears (2/55, 3.6%, AMB = 1, PLB = 1) were observed over the 24-month period, with no contralateral ACL tears. Conclusions: High levels of physical function and RTS were observed in patients following partial bundle reconstruction, higher than that reported in the literature in patients undergoing ACLR, without evidence of instability and a low re-injury rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalKnee
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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