Long-term results of the Leeds-Keio anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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This paper discusses the long-term results of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with the Leeds-Keio (LK) prosthetic ligament. For this type of reconstruction we used arthrotomy and an arthroscopy-assisted technique. The fixation was obtained with two bone plugs, and the distal portion was also attached with a staple. A postoperative protocol was used with a progressive range of motion and weight bearing after 50 days. We performed 50 LK operations in professional and amateur athletes aged 17–39 years with an isolated anterior instability. We reviewed at follow-up (5–7 years) 37 patients; 8 were lost, and 5 had a subsequent failure. At the Lysholm score the patients were classified: 19 excellent, 13 good, 3 fair, and 2 poor. At the IKDC grading the patients were classified as follows: 2 class A, 22 B, 8 C, and 5 D. The Lachman test was 1+ in 15 patients, 2+ in 7, 3+ in 2, and negative in 13: pivot shift was 1+ in 9, 2+ in 7, 3+ in 2, and negative in 25. Results of the KT 1000 test at 30 Ib side to side was <3 mm in 23 patients, 3–5 mm in 6, 6–10 mm in 6, and >10 mm in 2. In view of the results observed and the progressive deterioration over the years, this procedure should no longer be performed as an ACL substitute.