A randomized clinical trial comparing patellar tendon, hamstring tendon, and double-bundle ACL reconstructions: Patient-reported outcomes at a minimal 2-year follow up.
Mohtadi N, Chan D, Barker R, Paolucci EO. Clin J Sports Med. [Epub Ahead of Print]. 2014
Take Home Message: Three anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction techniques yield similar patient-reported and objective outcomes for up to 2 years after surgery. The one exception was joint laxity, which was better among patients who received a patellar tendon autograft instead of one of two hamstring techniques.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is often performed with the aim of restoring joint biomechanics and allowing an athlete to return to participation with no limitations. Despite numerous surgical techniques it remains debated if one approach is superior to another. Therefore, Mohtadi and colleagues completed a prospective, double-blind randomized control trial to compare the patient-reported outcomes of 3 anatomically positioned autograft options 2 years after surgery.