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Primary repair of the anterior cruciate ligament tear: back to future?
Arthrosc Orthop Sports Med 2019;6:29-34
Published online November 1, 2019;  https://doi.org/10.14517/aosm19004
© 2019 Korean Arthroscopy Society and Korean Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Nam-Hong Choi, Ji-Sun Hwang

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Nam-Hong Choi
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, 68 Hangeulbiseok-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01830, Korea. Tel: +82-2-970-8260, Fax: +82-2-973-3024, E-mail: cnh2406@yahoo.com
Received June 12, 2019; Revised October 31, 2019; Accepted October 31, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Early series of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair using arthrotomy led to promising short-term results. However, mid- to long-term follow-up demonstrated disappointing results. In consequence, primary ACL repair was mostly abandoned and ACL reconstruction became a current standard of treatment. However, this treatment does not perfectly restore kinematics of the knee joint and has not been shown to prevent the development of degenerative cartilage changes of the knee joint. Recently, primary repair of the ACL has received renewed interest recently. This article reviewed current indications, surgical technique, and clinical outcomes after primary ACL repair.
Keywords : Anterior cruciate ligament tear; Primary repair
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