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DendexGI had ACL replacement from hamstring graft but also LCL with LARS (artificial) graft a week ago, just struggling to find anyone with similiar cirumstances to ask about how the recovery went. Used search and couldn't find anything, interested to hear if anyone else has done the same thing?
Had to take it super easy to let the LARs settle so had a brace on almost the whole time, but think I have full extension atm, first physio on Monday so we'll see.
bardissonoSo what is LARS? is it a specific type of procedure or tool used in surgery?
It is a polythylene implant, shaped like a bundle of fibers, that goes into the knee. It is put "around" the damaged ligament. I think it can only be done on ligaments that aren't fully blown. It helps the damaged ligament heal faster. It is controversial because it has a higher rate of blowing out again than a traditional reconstruction. But it has a significantly shorter recovery time than a normal reconstruction. It was actually (or still is, idk) banned in the united states.
I don't think LARS would be the best for an ACL. An LCL definitely isn't as risky.