Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction In The Over 50s
ACL reconstruction is normally only carried out on 18 to 30 year old patients who lead active lifestyles, whereas older patients frequently receive non-operative treatments such as modification of their lifestyles, bracing and physiotherapy. However, recent studies have suggested that these treatments result in a high rate of re-injury when patients return to moderate activity levels.
One of the reasons this surgery has not been performed on patients over the age of 50 may be anxiety about potential complications, however the study disputes this by showing that only two of the 34 patients required revision. Therefore, the authors conclude that while the sample may be small it is likely that 'the clinical and functional results of ACL reconstruction in patients aged 50 and over are similar to those in younger patients with no increased risk of complications'.
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