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Knee stability after repair of isolated midsubstance tears of the posterior cruciate ligament.

Author(s): Shirakura K | Terauchi M | Higuchi H | Takagishi K | Kobayashi Y | Kimura M

Journal: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
ISSN 1022-5536

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2001;
Original page

This study was made to compare the results after operative versus non-operative management for tears in the substance of posterior cruciate ligament. The subjects were 40 patients, half of whom were managed operatively and the other half non-operatively. End-to-end suture was performed on the operated group. The procedure was followed by cast immobilization for 4 weeks. Non-operative management consisted of immobilization in a cast for 4 weeks after arthroscopy. The average follow-up periods were 6 years 7 months and 4 years 3 months. The operated knees were significantly more stable than those of the non-operated group on stress radiographs (p

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