Patient satisfaction needs as related to knee stability and objective findings after ACL reconstruction using the LARS artificial ligament

Knee. 2000 Jul 1;7(3):157-163. doi: 10.1016/s0968-0160(00)00039-9.

Abstract

The purposes of this study are to compare patient satisfaction with the objective measurement of knee stability and assess early complications following ACL reconstruction using a LARS artificial ligament. Forty-seven patients were reviewed 8-45 months after surgery. Assessment was made by the Knee and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score for patient satisfaction, a modified International Knee Documentation Committee form for clinical knee stability, and a Telos stress radiography for PA stability. Complications were assessed at interview and were double-checked with charts. The LARS artificial ligament may be a safe device to reconstruct an ACL tear. Documenting mechanical stability of the knee is inadequate when reporting follow-up studies and a questionnaire assessing patient satisfaction should be added to provide a better picture of the outcome and results.