[Biabsorbable versus metalic screws for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction]

Pichon Riviere A, Augustovski F, Garcia Marti S, Glujovsky D, Alcaraz A, Lopez A, Bardach A, Ciapponi A, Urtasun M
Record ID 32014000285
Authors' objectives: To assess the available evidence on the efficacy, safety and coverage policy related aspects on the use of bioabsorbable screws for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Authors' recomendations: The quality of the evidence found is good. No significant differences were found in the main clinical results such as knee stability, function and laxity. One of the meta-analysis found greater joint effusion in the group using bioabsorbable screws, whereas the other meta-analysis did not. The advantages attributed to the bioabsorbable screws (they do not interfere in the magnetic resonance imaging study and do not need to be removed) compared to the metallic screws do not justify their use in every day practice. Their cost is high, therefore inclusion in the health systems will depend on system's economic possibilities.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Argentina
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
  • Bone Screws
  • Absorbable Implants
Organisation Name: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy
Contact Address: Dr. Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires - Argentina, C1414 CABA
Contact Name: info@iecs.org.ar
Contact Email: info@iecs.org.ar
Copyright: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)
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