Anterior cruciate ligament grafts display differential maturation patterns on magnetic resonance imaging following reconstruction: a systematic review

ConclusionMRI signal varies with graft type, graft source, and time after ACLR. Enhanced graft maturity during the first postoperative year was associated with hamstring autografts, with and without remnant preservation. Serial MRI imaging during the first postoperative year may be clinically useful to identify biologically or mechanically deficient ACL grafts at risk for failure.Level of evidenceIV
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research

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ConclusionBimeniscal replacement by an allograft and/or substitute provides good short-term functional and anatomical outcomes. Nevertheless, this procedure is warranted only in highly selected patients.Level of evidenceIV, retrospective study.
Source: Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeTo evaluate and compare the femoral tunnel aperture position, graft bending angle and the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) graft signal intensity after anatomical double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction between transtibial and transportal drilling techniques of the femoral tunnel.MethodsEighty-seven patients who underwent anatomic double-bundle ACL reconstruction with hamstring tendon autograft between January 2012 and December 2014 were included in this retrospective study. Forty-one patients underwent reconstruction using a transportal technique (TP group) and 46 patients underwent re...
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Prompt and accurate diagnosis of surgical site infection following ACL reconstruction, including the exclusion of intra-articular involvement, is important for timely and appropriate treatment. Arthroscopic debridement and removal of implant with graft preservation, together with a course of antibiotics, is a suitable treatment option for extra-articular knee infections following ACL reconstruction. PMID: 31259149 [PubMed]
Source: World Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: World J Orthop Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeTo present the clinical outcomes and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis of adjustable cortical suspensory fixation for the femur and tibia in hamstring autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.MethodsA cohort of 233 sequential patients was analysed for graft failure rate and subjective IKDC, Tegner and Lysholm scores. 144 validated 1-year MRIs assessed and correlated graft healing and tunnel widening.ResultsAt mean follow-up of 28  months ± 8.2 [median 26, range 12–49], the graft failure rate was 4.7%. Significant improvements were seen in all clinical scores (p 
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
ConclusionsUsing the CaP hybridization method for QTB graft in ACL reconstruction was safe and feasible in the clinical trial. Moreover, this method may improve clinical outcomes. In the future, it is necessary to verify the effect of the CaP hybridization method for QTB graft in ACL reconstruction.
Source: Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Conclusion: Single femoral, single tibial tunnel anatomic double-bundle ACL reconstruction has the same effectiveness as the double femoral, double tibial tunnel in restoring the knee's stability and functions.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Trial/Experimental Study Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Our study proved a higher percentage of ligamentisation and healed grafts into the bone as well as a lower occurrence of graft failure in the group with PRF compared to the group without the PRF application, namely both in the 6 th and in the 12 th month. Nonetheless, the differences between the two groups assessed at the same time were not statistically significant. Key words: anterior cruciate ligament, arthroscopy, anatomic ACL reconstruction, magnetic resonance imaging of the graft, platelet-rich fibrin, graft healing, MRI signal intensity of the graft. PMID: 30383531 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Orthopaedica - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Acta Chir Orthop Traumatol Cech Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese results indicate that at least 18  months is needed after ACL reconstruction to sufficiently restore the SI of the AMB, while at least 24 months are needed to for the PLB. The SI of the PLB was significantly higher than that of the AMB at 3–24 months after surgery, indicating that the PLB showed inferior graft maturity to the A MB until 24 months after surgery. For clinical relevance, the correct understanding of serial changes in graft maturation may potentially be used in decision-making regarding a return to sports.Level of evidenceProspective case series, Level IV.
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Autograft hamstring tendon harvest in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction can occasionally result in a graft length that is inadequate for creation of a robust ACL graft. Patients at risk for an abnormally short hamstring may also be high risk for ACL reinjury. Graft augmentation with allograft may be a suboptimal solution to this problem. Therefore, a reliable means for preoperative estimation of hamstring tendon length by magnetic resonance imaging measurement could avoid this pitfall.
Source: Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Editorial Commentary Source Type: research
ConclusionAfter 6  months of follow-up, hamstring tendon autografts for anatomic ACL reconstruction do not show equal MRI signal intensity compared to a healthy ACL and should therefore be considered immature or at least not completely healed even if clinical laxity measurement provides good results. However, in the case of a competitive athlete, who is clinically stable and wants to return to sports at 6 months, performing an MRI to confirm the stage of graft healing might be an option.Level of evidenceProspective, comparative study II.
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
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