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Knee. 2000 Jul 1;7(3):157-163.

Patient satisfaction needs as related to knee stability and objective findings after ACL reconstruction using the LARS artificial ligament.

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Laboratoire d'imagerie et d'orthopédie, Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal, Canada


The purposes of this study are to compare patient satisfaction with the objective measurement of knee stability and assess early complications following ACL reconstruction using a LARS artificial ligament. Forty-seven patients were reviewed 8-45 months after surgery. Assessment was made by the Knee and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score for patient satisfaction, a modified International Knee Documentation Committee form for clinical knee stability, and a Telos stress radiography for PA stability. Complications were assessed at interview and were double-checked with charts. The LARS artificial ligament may be a safe device to reconstruct an ACL tear. Documenting mechanical stability of the knee is inadequate when reporting follow-up studies and a questionnaire assessing patient satisfaction should be added to provide a better picture of the outcome and results.


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