Purpose: This prospective study was conducted to compare the single-socket and the bi-socket anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction techniques in terms of outcome.
Type of study: Nonrandomized control trial.
Methods: There were 160 consecutive patients with unilateral chronic ACL insufficiency who underwent endoscopic single- or bi-socket ACL reconstruction alternately using multiple-stranded medial hamstring tendon and EndoButton (Smith & Nephew, Andover, MD) femoral fixation. All patients underwent the same postoperative rehabilitation protocol. Of them, 106 patients (57 single, 49 bi) were available for 2-year follow-up.
Results: According to the IKDC Knee Ligament Evaluation Form, 23 patients (40%) of the single-socket group were subjectively graded as normal, 30 (53%) as nearly normal, and 4 (7%) as abnormal. Twenty-six patients (53%) of the bi-socket group were graded as normal, 21 (43%) as nearly normal, and 2 (4%) as abnormal (P =.19). The mean side-to-side anterior laxity difference (KT-1000 manual maximum force) was 0.9 +/- 1.8 mm for the single-socket group and 0.7 +/- 1.2 mm for the bi-socket group (P =.44). Fifty-three of 57 patients (93%) in the single-socket group and all patients in the bi-socket group showed anterior laxity differences of +/-3 mm or less (P =.12). There were no differences in thigh muscle strength between the groups.
Conclusions: Both single- and bi-socket ACL reconstruction using autogenous multiple-stranded hamstring tendons with EndoButton fixation provided satisfactory anterior stability, and there were no statistically significant differences in subjective results or measured restored stability between the 2 groups.