Pain Evaluation After Arthroscopic All-Inside Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
By Philippe Hardy, MD, PhD
The GraftLink® technique has several perceived advantages over traditional ACL reconstruction techniques due to the ability to preserve tissue and bone, harvest only a single hamstring, create smaller incisions and tension the graft into anatomic femoral and tibial sockets after fixation. Our recent prospective study, published in the Knee journal, Pain evaluation after all-inside anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and short term functional results of a prospective randomized study(1), quantified some of these advantages and showed a clear benefit of the GraftLink technique over a traditional, full tunnel technique with interference screws.
Overall, GraftLink patients exhibited a trend for less pain, better range of motion and improved knee stability in the early postoperative period. Socket position was also superior with the use of FlipCutter® versus standard antegrade reamers. At six months, patients exhibited excellent subjective scores as rated by the IKDC scale. These early results validate what we have experienced with our patients clinically and we look forward to comparing long term outcomes in the future.
(1) Benea H, d'Astorg H, Klouche S, Bauer T, Tomoaia G, Hardy P. Pain evaluation after all-inside anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and short term functional results of a prospective randomized study. Knee. 2014;21(1):102-106.