Background: Accurate and precise tunnel placement is critical to the success of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. A new development, computer-assisted surgery, aids in placement of the ACL bone tunnels during surgery. Our hypothesis was that computer-assisted ACL reconstruction would allow more accurate and precise tunnel placement compared with conventional surgery. Methods: In a prospective, double-blind, randomized clinical study, 100 patients eligible for ACL reconstruction with a transtibial technique were stratified by surgeon and randomized to either conventional or computer-assisted surgery. Measurement of femoral and tibial tunnel placement with use of three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) was used as the primary outcome to compare conventional ACL surgery with computer-assisted surgery. Results: The placement of the femoral tunnel did not differ between groups (mean, 39.7% of the proximal-distal distance on the intracondylar axis [Blumensaat line] in the conventional group compared with 39.0% in the computer-assisted surgery group; p = 0.70). The anterior-posterior positioning of the tibial tunnel on the tibial plateau also did not differ significantly (38.9% in the conventional group compared with 38.2% in the computer-assisted surgery group; p = 0.58). There was no significant difference in the precision of either the femoral or the tibial tunnel placement between the two groups. Conclusions: There was no significant difference in either the accuracy or the precision of tunnel placement between conventional and computer-assisted ACL reconstruction. Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level I. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. Copyright

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Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Meuffels, D.E, Reijman, M, & Verhaar, J.A.N. (2012). Computer-assisted surgery is not more accurate or precise than conventional arthroscopic ACL reconstruction: A prospective randomized clinical trial. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume, 94(17), 1538–1545. doi:10.2106/JBJS.K.00878