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, 7 (3), 189-98

Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery

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Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery

M H Getelman et al. J Am Acad Orthop Surg.

Abstract

Revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is indicated for selected patients with recurrent instability after a failed primary procedure. The cause of the failure must be carefully identified to avoid pitfalls that may cause the revision to fail as well. Associated instability patterns must be recognized and corrected to achieve a successful result. The choice of graft, the problem of retained hardware, and tunnel placement are the major challenges of revision ACL reconstruction. The patient must have reasonable expectations and understand that the primary goal of surgery is restoration of the ability to perform activities of daily living, rather than a return to competitive athletics. The results of revision ACL reconstructions are not as good as those after primary reconstructions; however, the procedure appears to be beneficial for most patients.

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