Dear ESSKA member,

Over the past  few decades, there have been significant modifications in both surgical technique and in the methods of rehabilitation used for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. This trend can be aided by a number of factors including geography, level of experience, refinement of surgical technique, instrumentation and implant devices, and better understanding of ACL anatomy.

We are conducting an online survey of ESSKA members, to investigate their attitudes regarding graft type, surgical method and post-operative care in ACL reconstruction.

Your feedback will be used to compare the preferences of subgroups based on graft choice, surgical techniques, age, nationality and number of ACL reconstruction operations performed per year and to compare them with published clinical guidelines.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and we think you will find it interesting.

Of course, any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and used only for statistical analysis.

If you have any questions about this survey, please e-mail esma@esska.org.

Please complete the survey within the next few days.  The website is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Thank you for your consideration.

Alberto Vascellari - Survey Project Leader

Henrique Jones - ESMA Chairman

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* 1. Your details

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* 2. How many ACL reconstructions are you performing per year?

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* 3. Do you always perform surgery?

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* 4. Which factors are important for your decision? (you can select more thanone)

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* 5. When do you perform surgery? - Time criteria

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* 6. When do you associate all reconstruction?

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* 7. What type of graft do you prefer to use in the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in male patients?

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* 8. What type of graft do you prefer to use in the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in female patients?

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* 9. What type of graft do you prefe to use in the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in professional athletes?

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* 10. Do you use the same graft regardless of the sport practiced?

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* 11. What type of surgery you use preferably?

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* 12. What type of surgery you use preferably to perform the femoral tunnel?

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* 13. What type of femoral fixation do you prefer to use?

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* 14. What type of tibial fixation do you prefer to use?

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* 15. Do you routinely brace your patients post-operatively after isolated ACL reconstruction?

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* 16. Do you routinely brace your patients post-operatively in case of concomitant collateral ligaments lesions?

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* 17. If yes, when do you allow brace removal?
(Functional criteria, can choose more than one - tick all that apply)

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* 18. If yes. when do you allow brace removal? Time criteria

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* 19. When do you allow weightbearing as much as it is tolerated?
Functional criteria (can choose more than one - tick all that apply)

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* 20. When do you allow weightbearing as much as it is tolerated? Time criteria - select one

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* 21. Do your patients routinely use continuous passive motion post-operatively?

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* 22. When do you allow full flexion of the knee?

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* 23. What criteria do you consider more appropriate to decide if a patient can start specific activities/exercises?

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