New Technique for ACL Repair


The orthopedic surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have found a better way to surgically repair anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.

Orthopedic surgeons seen many ACL tears. It is estimated there are 80,000 ACL tears in the United States each year. Most will require surgical repair. It is good news to hear of a new technique for ACL repair which may significantly improve the outcome for the injured athlete.


The HSS surgeons compared the outcomes of reconstructive surgery using two techniques. Their aim was to determine which method re-creates the natural anatomical ligament anatomy best. The new technique for ACL repair which uses an anteromedial portal drilling technique produced better results than the trans tibial technique.

The investigators used ten matched cadaveric knees to directly compare the transtibial and anteromedial portal drilling technique. The new ACL repair using the anteromedial portal drilling performed superiorly to the transtibial reconstruction on a number of biomechanical parameters done to assess stability.

The full results of this study will be presented at the meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine on July 9. These results may change the way many orthopedists approach this surgery and improve outcomes for active patients.

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