ACL surgery could be beneficial to young patients

11 July 2014

The longer younger patients wait for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, the higher the risk is for secondary knee injuries, suggests new research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) annual meeting.

Findings from the new study add to the existing research that documents the risk of secondary meniscal and chondral injuries in young patients.

Dr Allen F Anderson, from the Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance in Nashville and lead author of the research, said the results revealed that meniscus injuries become more common and increasingly severe the longer the patient waits for surgery.

The research team examined the records of 130 patients aged between eight and 16 who had undergone ACL surgery and divided them into three groups based on the delay.

According to the study, those that had ACL surgery between six and 12 weeks after the original injury were 1.45 times more likely to experience a lateral meniscus trauma than those who did not wait.

Patients who left more than a three-month period before having the procedure were 2.82 more likely to suffer a secondary injury.

Dr Anderson commented: "While parents and other caregivers have obvious reasons for concern over ACL surgery in young patients, it's important to recognise when it may be beneficial. If surgery now helps eliminate long-term knee problems, it's certainly a good choice."

Posted by Philip Briggs


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