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High Complication Rate Following Dynamic Intraligamentary Stabilization for Primary Repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament


High Complication Rate Following Dynamic Intraligamentary Stabilization for Primary Repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Michael Osti et al. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.


Purpose: New strategies for dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS) in the primary repair of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures are currently under debate. It has been proposed that these might serve as alternative techniques to conventional ACL reconstruction procedures using tendon autografts. The aims of the present investigation were to evaluate the functional results and critically assess the complication rate following primary ACL repair with DIS and to review existing reports of favourable clinical results with the method in relation to knee joint stability and patient satisfaction.

Methods: Fifty-nine patients received dynamic intraligamentary stabilization a mean of 14 days after ACL rupture. Fifty-seven patients (96.6%, male:female = 37:20; mean age 27.6 years) were available for follow-up examinations including the Tegner activity level, anteroposterior stability in comparison with the uninjured knee, subjective satisfaction, and range of knee motion. Complications after 3 and 12 months were also analyzed. Associated lesions requiring surgical measures were found in 30 patients.

Results: A statistically significant decrease in Tegner activity levels was detected between the preoperative status (median 7) and the 12-month follow-up (median 5). The overall complication rate was 57.9%, including rerupture or non-healing (n = 10, 17.5%), repeat arthroscopy (n = 13, 22.8%) as a result of meniscus tears (n = 2, 15.4%), cyclops syndrome (n = 4, 30.8%) or restricted range of motion (n = 7, 53.8%), arthrofibrosis (n = 3, 5.3%), and implant interference (n = 7, 12.3%). Anteroposterior KT-1000 stability of 3 mm or below was achieved in 29 (50.9%) patients.

Conclusions: The DIS procedure does not appear to be appropriate for providing predictable results in a young and active cohort of patients following ACL rupture, as it has an unacceptably high complication rate and leads to residual anteroposterior knee joint laxity of 3 mm or more in 28 (49.1%) of cases.

Level of evidence: IV (prospective case series).

Keywords: ACL healing; ACL repair; ACL suture; Complication rate; Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization.

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