Single-Tunnel Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Anatomical Placement of Hamstring Tendon Graft

Hemanth R. Gadikota, Jia Lin Wu, Keun Seon Jong Keun Seon, Karen Sutton, Thomas J. Gill, Guoan Li

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Abstract

Background: Anatomical reconstruction techniques that can restore normal joint kinematics without increasing surgical complications could potentially improve clinical outcomes and help manage anterior cruciate ligament injuries more efficiently. Hypothesis: Single-tunnel double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft can more closely restore normal knee anterior-posterior, medial-lateral, and internal-external kinematics than can conventional single-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Study Design: Controlled laboratory study. Methods: Kinematic responses after single-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and single-tunnel double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft were compared with the intact knee in 9 fresh-frozen human cadaveric knee specimens using a robotic testing system. Kinematics of each knee were determined under an anterior tibial load (134 N), a simulated quadriceps load (400 N), and combined torques (10 N·m valgus and 5 N·m internal tibial torques) at 0°, 15°, 30°, 60°, and 90° of flexion. Results: Anterior tibial translations were more closely restored to the intact knee level after single-tunnel double-bundle reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft than with a single-bundle reconstruction under the 3 external loading conditions. Under simulated quadriceps load, the mean internal tibial rotations after both reconstructions were lower than that of the anterior cruciate ligament - intact knee with no significant differences between these 3 knee conditions at 0° and 30° of flexion (P >.05).The increased medial tibial shifts of the anterior cruciate ligament - deficient knees were restored to the intact level by both reconstruction techniques under the 3 external loading conditions. Conclusion: Single-tunnel double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft can better restore the anterior knee stability compared with a conventional single-bundle reconstruction. Both reconstruction techniques are efficient in restoring the normal medial-lateral stability but overcorrect the internal tibial rotations. Clinical Relevance: Single-tunnel double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft could provide improved clinical outcomes over a conventional single-bundle reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-720
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • anatomical single-tunnel double-bundle reconstruction
  • anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • knee kinematics
  • robotic testing system
  • single-bundle reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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