Effects of Fellowship Training on Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Techniques and Outcomes


The purpose of this study is to examine differences in pediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) between surgeons with either pediatric or sports medicine fellowship training. Patients were divided into two groups, those performed by either a pediatric or sports medicine fellowship-trained surgeon. One hundred and forty-one patients were identified: 91 (64.5%) by pediatric trained surgeons and 50 (35.4%) by sports medicine trained surgeons. Patients that had ACLR by a pediatric trained surgeon were younger (p = 0.02), had larger body mass index (BMI) (p = 0.027), and more likely to have government assisted insurance (p = 0.006). Pediatric trained surgeons had longer procedure time (p < 0.001), used smaller graft sizes (p = 0.016), used soft tissue grafts (p < 0.001) and used butt on fixation at both the femur and tibia (p < 0.001). There were no differences regarding meniscus surgery, surgical technique (transphyseal versus physeal sparing), arthrofibrosis, graft failure, and intraoperative complications (p > 0.05). This study shows favorable and comparable results after ACLRs with either pediatric or sports medicine fellowship training. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 30(3):161–165, 2021)

Key words: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), reconstruction, bone graft, outcomes, fellowship, pediatric

Erik J. Stapleton DO, MS; Jesse Galina, BS; Colin J. Burgess, DO; Aaron Atlas, DO, MS; Randy M. Cohn, MD; Terry Amaral, MD; Yungtai Lo, PhD; Michael J. Sayegh, MD; Sayyida Hasan, MD; and Jon-Paul DiMauro MD