Date of publication: 24th July 2016
Publication type: Systematic review
In a nutshell: The objective of this Cochrane systematic review was to assess the benefits and harms of bioabsorbable versus metallic interference screws for graft fixation in ACL reconstruction. The main outcomes sought were subjective-rated knee function, failure of treatment and activity level. 12 randomised and quasi-randomised trials were included but they were at high risk of bias so the quality of evidence for all outcomes was very low. There is very low-quality evidence that bioabsorbable screws may be associated with more overall treatment failures, including implant breakage during surgery.
Length of publication: 88 pages
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