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JRPMS Vol 2, No 4, December 2018, p.136-143

doi: 10.22540/JRPMS-02-136


Original Article

Atlas of complications in anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Stergios G. Papastergiou1, Nikolaos E. Koukoulias2, Theophilos D. Dimitriadis2, Efstathios I. Kalivas1, Athanasios V. Papavasileiou3, Evangelos C. Ziogas3

  1. “Agios Pavlos” General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  2. “Saint Luke’s” Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. “Interbalkan Medical Center”, Thessaloniki, Greece

Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament, Complications, Reconstruction, Intraoperative, Postoperative


Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction complications. Methods: One thousand nine hundred and seventy two (1972) anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, performed in a single Orthopaedic Department the last 27 years, were studied and followed for up to two years postoperatively. In 1244 cases (one thousand two hundred and forty four) hamstrings autograft was used for the reconstruction and in the rest 728 (seven hundred and twenty eight) cases bone patella tendon bone autograft was used for the reconstruction. Results: In total, 467, 23.68% complications were found in our patient population. 431, 21,85% complications occurred intraoperatively and 36, 1,82% complications occurred postoperatively. Conclusions: The variety and frequency of complications in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction underline the importance of accurate surgical technique and close postoperative follow-up.