Patients with displaced bucket-handle (DBH) meniscal tears in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-deficient knees are prone to flexion contracture following meniscal repair and simultaneous ACL reconstruction. It has been suggested that ACL reconstruction be delayed until full range of motion has returned after the meniscal repair. A retrospective analysis was performed comparing the return of extension in patients undergoing simultaneous ACL reconstruction and repair of DBH tears (group A) versus a control group of patients with non-DBH tears (group B). Age, sex, body mass index, duration of time from injury to surgery, and preoperative extension were also compared between groups and evaluated for their significance as risk factors. Patients in group A achieved recovery to -5 degrees and 0 degrees of extension 22% and 35% more slowly, respectively, when compared with group B. These differences were not statistically significant. Female patients tended to heal more rapidly in both groups. We conclude that a one-stage procedure is sufficient in allowing patients with DBH tears in ACL-deficient knees to regain a functional knee to within 5 degrees of full extension.
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