Bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft versus LARS artificial ligament for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2013 Oct;23(7):819-23. doi: 10.1007/s00590-012-1073-1. Epub 2012 Sep 19.


The optimized graft for use in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is still in controversy. The bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) autograft has been accepted as the gold standard for ACL reconstruction. However, donor site morbidities cannot be avoided after this treatment. The artificial ligament of ligament advanced reinforcement system (LARS) has been recommended for ACL reconstruction. The purpose of this study is to compare the midterm outcome of ACL reconstruction using BPTB autografts or LARS ligaments. Between July 2004 and March 2006, the ACL reconstruction using BPTB autografts in 30 patients and LARS ligaments in 32 patients was performed. All patients were followed up for at least 4 years and evaluated using the Lysholm knee score, Tegner score, International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) score, and KT-1000 arthrometer test. There were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to the data of Lysholm scores, Tegner scores, IKDC scores, and KT-1000 arthrometer test at the latest follow-up. Our study demonstrates that the similarly good clinical results are obtained after ACL reconstruction using BPTB autografts or LARS ligaments at midterm follow-up. In addition to BPTB autografts, the LARS ligament may be a satisfactory treatment option for ACL rupture.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / surgery*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / methods*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / rehabilitation
  • Arthroscopy / methods
  • Arthroscopy / rehabilitation
  • Autografts
  • Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Grafting / methods*
  • Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Grafting / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rupture / rehabilitation
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome