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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Orthopedics

Advisor

Elyse Watkins

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to determine which anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) autograft causes the least pain and opioid consumption during the acute post-operative period. Method: A PubMed literature search was performed with the search terms ACL reconstruction quadriceps tendon versus hamstring tendon and post-operative pain, and ACL reconstruction and short-term outcomes. Thirty-one pertinent articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical research.

Results: Quadriceps tendon autografts have been shown to cause the least amount of pain in patients during the acute post-operative period

Conclusion: In efforts to decrease opioid use after undergoing primary autograft ACLR, it is important to determine which autograft causes the least pain in the acute post-operative period. Quadriceps tendon autografts have been shown to cause the least amount of pain in patients during the acute post-operative period. Further research is still needed evaluating the different graft harvesting techniques, their effects on post-operative pain levels, and intraoperative pain medications and post-operative pain.

Key Words: ACL reconstruction, autografts, and post-operative pain.

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