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Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

An anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is an operation to replace a damaged anterior cruciate ligament with a ligament graft or a synthetic ligament.

There are a number of options for the graft. These include bone-patellar tendon-bone graft, hamstrings graft and quadriceps tendon graft. The graft is usually taken from the patient (this is called an autograft) but may come from a tissue bank (the graft is then called an allograft). In certain circumstances a synthetic graft might be used, but this is now very uncommon.

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ACL reconstruction

Results From the Swedish National Anterior Cruciate Ligament Register

21 Feb, 2015

This publication by Joanna Kvist, Juri Kartus, Jon Karlsson and Magnus Forssblad summarises the position of the information gleaned over a number of years from the 23,744 patients who were entered into the Swedish National register for...

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Practical Surgical Guide

23 Jan, 2015
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This is a clinical text written by experts for experts, and has over 500 pages of well-indexed detail and is richly illustrated in colour. It is not a beginner's book.

The three editors - Rainer Siebold, David Dejour, and...

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2010 - Knee Function and Prevalence of Knee Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

24 Mar, 2012

An 'interpretation' of a 2010 paper on the old question of whether patients with cruciate ligament injury end up with osteoarthritis. The problem is that the goalposts keep moving as surgical techniques change and rehabilitation regimes change.

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2004 - Screening for arthrofibrosis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

04 Nov, 2007

An 'interpretation' of a 2004 medical publication discussing the possibility of genetic screening to identify those patients likely to develop aggressive arthrofibrosis after cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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2000 - Results of Arthroscopic Treatment of Symptomatic Loss of Extension Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

04 Nov, 2007

An 'interpretation'of an article from 2000 describing the possible causes of loss of full extension in the knee after cruciate ligament reconstruction, how it is managed, and highlighting the importance of rehabilitation in preventing loss of full range of movement in the first place.

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