Clinical outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using LARS artificial graft with an at least 7-year follow-up

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The aim of our study was to assess the medium-term clinical outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using the Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System (LARS) artificial ligament.

A total of 168 patients who underwent arthroscopic ACL reconstruction with the LARS artificial ligament in our department were enrolled in our research. Only 125 met the inclusion/exclusion criteria, and 91 could ultimately be contacted to participate in our research. The mean follow-up was 92 ± 19 months. Physical examinations and a KT-1000 arthrometer were used to evaluate knee laxity. The International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) and Lysholm knee scales were evaluated for knee function. The Tegner score was tested for the condition of return to sport. Range of motion (ROM) and the rates of failure and complications were calculated.

Among all patients enrolled in the study, the failure rate was 4.4%, and the overall complication rate was 2.2%. Knee laxity measured by the KT-1000 arthrometer was 1.4 ± 1.5 mm, compared with the preoperative value of 5.1 ± 1.3 mm. The Lysholm score improved from a preoperative value of 54.6 ± 14.3 to a postoperative value of 85.4 ± 12.1. The proportion of return to sport was 86.8% (79/91). The postoperative Tegner score was 4.7 ± 1.3, while its value before injury was 5.5 ± 1.0.

In this study, ACL reconstruction using the LARS artificial ligament has a good prognosis with a low failure and complication rate at a mean follow-up of 91 months.

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