Effect of timing of ACL reconstruction in surgery and development of meniscal and chondral lesions
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
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).
DOI of Published Version
Phys Sportsmed. 2012 Feb;40(1):36-40. doi: 10.3810/psm.2012.02.1949. Link to article on publisher's site
The Physician and sportsmedicine
Anstey, D. Edmund; Heyworth, Benton E.; Price, Mark D.; and Gill, Thomas J., "Effect of timing of ACL reconstruction in surgery and development of meniscal and chondral lesions" (2012). Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation Publications and Presentations. 148.