Tunay Erden1, Berkin Toker1, Ali Toprak2, Ömer Taşer1

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Acıbadem Fulya Hospital Sports Medicine Center, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Bezmialem Vakıf University, Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, anterolateral ligament, augmentation, knee, ligament augmentation, suture tape


Objectives: This study aims to compare the outcomes of isolated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and combined anterolateral ligament (ALL) suture tape augmentation (STA) and ACL reconstruction after a minimum follow-up of two years.

Patients and methods: This retrospective study included 63 patients (36 males, 27 females; mean age 27.8±4.0; range, 19 to 35 years) who had unilateral ACL injury and participated in pivoting sports and were randomly assigned to undergo either isolated ACL reconstruction (Group 1, n=33) or combined ACL reconstruction and ALL STA (Group 2, n=30) between January 2015 and February 2018. The presence of an associated meniscal injury, chondral pathology, contralateral ACL rupture, and residual pivot shift; subjective and objective International Knee Documentation Committee scores; Cincinnati and Lysholm functional scores; KT-1000 measurements; and graft rupture rate were evaluated.

Results: Patients were followed for a minimum of two years. The groups did not differ with respect to age, sex, side, time from injury to surgery, postoperative follow-up time, ACL graft size, contralateral ACL rupture, graft size, partial meniscectomy, chondral pathology or preoperative physical examination results. A total of 9.1% of the patients in Group 1 and 0% of those in Group 2 presented postoperative positive pivot shift (p=0.357). The graft failure rate was 6.06% (n=2) in Group 1 and 0% in Group 2 (p=0.270). In the final evaluation, compared with Group 1, Group 2 showed better anteroposterior clinical stability, as evaluated by KT-1000 arthrometry (p=0.006). Although better results were observed in Group 2, the clinical evaluation results for postoperative function did not differ significantly between groups.

Conclusion: Combined ALL STA and ACL reconstruction was found to be effective in improving subjective and objective outcomes. Nevertheless, these findings were not significantly superior to those of isolated ACL reconstruction with hamstring grafts, except for the side-to-side differential anterior laxity testing results.

Citation: Erden T, Toker B, Toprak A, Taşer Ö. Comparison of the outcomes of isolated anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and combined anterolateral ligament suture tape augmentation and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2021;32(1):129-136.

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