Effect of timing of ACL reconstruction in surgery and development of meniscal and chondral lesions

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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation



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Adolescent; Adult; *Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction; Cartilage, Articular; Female; Humans; Male; Menisci, Tibial; Middle Aged; Postoperative Complications; Retrospective Studies; Time Factors; Young Adult


Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy


PURPOSE: To investigate whether a delay in the timing of surgery of > 6 months compared with performing the surgery 6 months after ACL injury. "New" meniscal tears were defined as lesions detected at the time of surgery that were not detected by MRI.

RESULTS: Of 195 patients who were selected based on inclusion criteria, 171 patients underwent surgery 6 months after their ACL injury. The prevalence of new medial meniscal tears in the early reconstruction group was 4.1%, while in the delayed reconstruction group, the prevalence was 16.7% (P = 0.012).

CONCLUSION: A delay in the timing of ACL reconstruction from 6 months following injury is associated with a significant increase in the prevalence of medial meniscal tears (P = 0.012), with a relative risk of 4.07 (CI, 1.29-12.88).

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Citation: Phys Sportsmed. 2012 Feb;40(1):36-40. doi: 10.3810/psm.2012.02.1949. Link to article on publisher's site

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