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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 346-349

Return to full military activities post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

1 Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics, Suhar Hospital, Suhar, Oman
2 Department of Orthopaedic, Oman Medical Specialty Board, Muscat, Oman
3 Department of Orthopaedics, Armed Forces Hospital, Muscat, Oman

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hilal S Al Housni
Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics, Suhar Hospital, Suhar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmsr.jmsr_61_19

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Objectives: Armed forces represent a physically active population who engage in regular exercises, recreational sports, and physical training that place them at high risk of injury to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Considering the high occupational demand, uniformed military personnel (UMP) are encouraged to have a surgical reconstruction of a ruptured ACL to resume their military activities. The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes of a full return to duties in the armed forces after primary ACL reconstruction. Methods: A single-institution, retrospective review through the analysis of surgical record data and phone interviews of UMP who underwent primary ACL reconstruction during a 5-year period was conducted. Measured endpoints were the rate of return to full military duties as well as knee function (measured by the Lysholm score). Results: The total number of UMP who underwent ACL reconstruction included in the study was 137 with a minimum follow-up of 1 year. All patients were males. The mean age was 30.2 (minimum 22, maximum 44) years. Isolated ACL injury was found in 30.7%, whereas 69.3% were associated with a meniscus injury. The majority of the surgeries were done within 5 years of the injury (92%). The mean postoperative Lysholm functional score was 90.22. Seventy-five percent of the service members returned to full military activity. Conclusions: The overall majority of UMP returned to full military duties with excellent functional Lysholm score that shows the effectiveness of ACL reconstruction in this active population.

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