Between December 1996 and December 2002, we treated 79 patients with arthroscopy-assisted anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions. In 53 patients we used autografts and in 26 patients allografts. Patients were followed up for 38 (12-72) months. The two groups did not differ in preoperative sport activity level. The postoperative Lysholm score was 89.9±8.1 in the autograft group and 84.1±18.6 in the allograft group. Comparing the patients' Lysholm score according to whether they had a low (1-5) or a high (6-10) postoperative Tegner score, we found no statistically significant difference between the groups. On one occasion, the allograft ruptured during the implantation procedure just prior to the fixation. Post-operatively, we performed three revisions - two in the allograft group and one in the autograft group - and three second-look arthroscopies. There were no bacterial infections and no cases of viral transmission. No immune rejection, resorption, or immunsynovitis occurred during the follow-up.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine