Patient selection for ACL reconstruction

Elizabeth A Arendt, Stacie L. Grossfeld

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The purpose of this article is to review the literature that asks who needs the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructed and why. The main reason to surgically stabilize the knee with reconstruction of the ACL is to prevent a subsequent reinjury episode and the patient's potential for meniscal and chondral injury. Patients who need their ACL reconstructed include active patients who want to continue strenuous activities, young patients with closed growth plates, patients with a torn meniscus that is repairable, patients who want or need to prevent secondary meniscus tears, and patients with multiple ligament injuries, especially grade III injuries to secondary restraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-335
Number of pages8
JournalSports medicine and arthroscopy review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Meniscal injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patient selection


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