Purpose: To determine if there is a correlation between time to ACL reconstruction and the prevalence of meniscal tears or cartilage injuries present at surgery. Also, to identify the optimum timing of ACL surgery to decrease the risk of developing any additional injuries.
Take Away: ACL reconstruction that occurs within 12 months of injury can significantly reduce the risk of associated meniscal tears and chondral lesions.
Authors: Lorenzo Brambilla, MD, Luca Pulici, MD, Giulia Carimati, MD, Alessandro Quaglia, MD, Emanuele Prospero, MD, Corrado Bait, MD, Emanuela Morenghi, PhD, Nicola Portinaro, MD, MScR, Matteo Denti, MD and Piero Volpi, MD
Published: "Prevalence of Associated Lesions in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction". The American Journal of Sports Medicine..2015 Dec;43(12):2966-73.
Level of Evidence: III
Institution: Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano, Italy
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