By Monica Jaramillo
Although investigators of this 2-year minimum follow-up study found 22.6% of patients who underwent primary anatomic coracoclavicular reconstruction using free tendon allografts required revision, they noted excellent function and patient satisfaction among patients who did not require revision.
From October 2006 to January 2011, 31 patients with a mean age of 43.9 years underwent primary anatomic coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction using allografts for the treatment of Rockwood grade III or grade V acromioclavicular joint dislocations. Investigators collected patients’ SF-12, Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation (SANE), QuickDASH and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) scores, as well as patient satisfaction. Clinical assessments were conducted at 30-day intervals, at which time investigators obtained radiographs to assess joint reduction maintenance and heterotopic bone formation.