International Orthopaedics

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 45–49

Four-strand hamstring tendon autograft versus LARS artificial ligament for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

  • Zhong-tang Liu
  • Xian-long Zhang
  • Yao Jiang
  • Bing-Fang Zeng
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00264-009-0768-3

Cite this article as:
Liu, Z., Zhang, X., Jiang, Y. et al. International Orthopaedics (SICOT) (2010) 34: 45. doi:10.1007/s00264-009-0768-3

Abstract

This retrospective study compared the results after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using a four-strand hamstring tendon graft (4SHG) versus Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System (LARS) artificial ligament in 60 patients between January 2003 and July 2004 with a minimum four-year follow-up. The KT-1000 examination, the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) scoring systems and Lysholm knee scoring scale were used to evaluate the clinical results. The mean side-to-side difference was 2.4 ± 0.5 mm and 1.2 ± 0.3 mm in the 4SHG group and LARS group, respectively (P = 0.013). Although other results of ACL reconstruction, measured by IKDC evaluation, Lysholm scores and Tegner scores, showed using a LARS graft clinically tended to be superior to using a 4SHG, there were no significant differences calculated. Our results suggest that four years after ACL reconstruction using a LARS ligament or 4SHG dramatically improves the function outcome, while the patients in the LARS group displayed a higher knee stability than those in the 4SHG group.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhong-tang Liu
    • 1
  • Xian-long Zhang
    • 1
  • Yao Jiang
    • 1
  • Bing-Fang Zeng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthritis InstituteShanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Medical College of Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China