UPMC Researchers Study Correlation Between ACL Repair Surgery and Knee ArthritisWritten by Laura Miller | January 21, 2011
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have been examining the correlation between ACL surgery and arthritis in the knee, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
On average, 200,000 people suffer ACL tears each year, and 60-80 percent of these people develop arthritis in their knees within 10 years, according to the report. Athletes are more likely to suffer ACL tears, and females are more likely than males to experience an ACL tear.
For young athletes, experiencing an ACL tear during high school or middle school sports means developing arthritis in the knee before the age of 30. Surgery is necessary to repair the tears, and the researchers are examining the different types of procedures. New developments in ACL repair techniques and implants aims to promote a more normal knee function and decrease the number of patients who suffer from arthritis.
Focusing on the patient's anatomy is important, according to the report. Performing double-bundle ACL reconstructive surgery can be a more anatomically correct procedure than the single bundle.
Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report on ACL surgery.
Read other coverage on ACL repair:
- Study: PRP Enhances ACL Cell Viability, Function In Vitro
- AAOS: No Statistical Difference Between Allograft and Autograft for ACL Repair
- Double-Bundle ACL Reconstruction May Increase Knee Kinesmatics Restoration
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