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Surgical treatment of chronic acromioclavicular dislocation: comparison between two surgical procedures for anatomic reconstruction



Surgical treatment of chronic acromioclavicular dislocation: comparison between two surgical procedures for anatomic reconstruction



Injury 41(11): 1103-1106



Surgical treatment of chronic complete acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation is still debated and no gold standard surgical procedure has been identified. A retrospective series of 90 patients treated for AC dislocations is reported here. Patients were divided into three groups: group 1 receiving AC reconstruction with a Dacron vascular prosthesis; group 2 receiving AC reconstruction with LARS(®) artificial ligament; group 3 receiving conservative treatment. Follow-up was performed after 1, 6 and 15 months with plain radiographs, UCLA, SPADI and modified UCLA acromioclavicular rating scales. Patients treated surgically presented significant better functional outcome compared to patients treated conservatively with overall positive results in 93.3% of patients for group 2 and 53.3% of patients for group 1. However, reconstruction with Dacron vascular prosthesis presented an unacceptable high complications rate (43.3%). Our results show that anatomic AC reconstruction with LARS(®) artificial ligament resulted in both satisfactory functional outcome and low complication rate. Therefore, we recommend this procedure for the treatment of chronic complete AC dislocations.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2010.09.023


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