Notes on 53 cases of immediate suture of acute lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament

M. Marcacci, M. Spinelli, F. Chiellini, V. Buccolieri

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A critical examination of the long-term results of surgical management (direct suture unaccompanied by substitution or reinforcement) of 53 cases of acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) lesion is presented. The results are assessed in accordance with the New York Hospital for Special Surgery score sheet. It is shown that complete anatomical reinstatement is only achieved in 50% of cases, whereas good functional recovery is observed in 70%. The conclusion is thus drawn that the ACL is not essential to good articular biomechanics. Since, however, good functional and anatomical results are coincident in most cases, it can be said that attempts to obtain good healing of the cruciate, even at the expense of reinforcement operations, are fully defensible. The mechanical or anatomical results of suture, on the other hand, gradually deteriorate with time, whereas the positive functional results undergo a relative percentage increase. Lastly, no significant difference was noted in cases where medial meniscectomy was performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-79
Number of pages11
JournalItalian Journal of Sports Traumatology
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament
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Marcacci, M., Spinelli, M., Chiellini, F., & Buccolieri, V. (1985). Notes on 53 cases of immediate suture of acute lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament. Italian Journal of Sports Traumatology, 7(2), 69-79.

Notes on 53 cases of immediate suture of acute lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament. / Marcacci, M.; Spinelli, M.; Chiellini, F.; Buccolieri, V.

In: Italian Journal of Sports Traumatology, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1985, p. 69-79.

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Marcacci, M, Spinelli, M, Chiellini, F & Buccolieri, V 1985, 'Notes on 53 cases of immediate suture of acute lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament', Italian Journal of Sports Traumatology, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 69-79.
Marcacci, M. ; Spinelli, M. ; Chiellini, F. ; Buccolieri, V. / Notes on 53 cases of immediate suture of acute lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament. In: Italian Journal of Sports Traumatology. 1985 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 69-79.
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