In an article you can read here a top orthopedic surgeon describes how the number of knee replacements more than doubled in the first decade of the 2000s, far outstripping population growth. While total knee replacements are an amazing breakthrough for people with disabling knee pain I too have seen how they have become often recommended to patients without severe arthritis where other alternatives could have been tried but were never recommended.
Knee / Acl Surgery
Up to a third of total knee replacement (TKR) patients have continued pain and up to 20% are outright dissatisfied. The incidence of knee replacements doubled…
The diameter of single bundle, hamstring autograft does not significantly influence revision rate or clinical outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction by Wernicke et al is quite important because it correctly debunks the entire topic of evaluating Hamstring (HS) diameter for Hamstring ACLR. After over 30 years of exclusive use of HS autograft I can conclusively state that our studies have demonstrated that the HS is ALWAYS big enough, when quadrupled, to successfully reconstruct the ACL.
The risk in the past had only been about 1%. However a study from Australia in 2012 showed that soaking the graft in Vancomycin, an antibiotic, during surgery eliminated all post-operative infections