What is it about?

By combining two ACL techniques used in growing patients, a lateral control point and increased graft size may reduce the risk of ACL re-injury while safely allowing for completion of growth

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Why is it important?

ACL re-injury in the immature population may occur in up to 20% of cases in active adolescents. This novel technique has demonstrated a 5% re-injury rate at an average of 3 year follow up in this high risk population


ACL re-injury is a devastating event for a teenage athlete and this rate is currently too high; much higher than that in adults. We are optimistic regarding the early outcomes of this procedure that combines important tenants of increased graft size and lateral control for these knees. We look forward to continuing to follow these patients for longer term outcomes.

Philip Wilson
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

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This page is a summary of: Combined Transphyseal and Lateral Extra-articular Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Novel Technique to Reduce ACL Reinjury While Allowing for Growth, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, November 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0363546519881445.
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