ACL reconstruction with unicondylar replacement in knee with functional instability and osteoarthritis
Department of Orthopaedics, John Flynn Medical center, Inland Drive, Tugun, Qld - 4224, Australia
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2009, 4:43 doi:10.1186/1749-799X-4-43Published: 17 December 2009
Severe symptomatic osteoarthritis in young and active patients with pre-existing deficiency of the anterior cruciate ligament and severe functionally instability is a difficult subgroup to manage. There is considerable debate regarding management of young patients with isolated unicompartment osteoarthritis and concomitant ACL deficiency. A retrospective analysis of was done in 9 patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis with ACL deficiencies and functional instability that were treated with unicompartment knee arthroplasty and ACL reconstruction between April 2002 and June 2005. The average arc of flexion was 119° (range 85° to 135°) preoperatively and 125° (range 105° to 140°). There were no signs of instability during the follow up of patients. No patients in this group were reoperated. In this small series we have shown that instability can be corrected and pain relieved by this combined procedure.