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New research, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), shows initial surgery to be more successful and cost effective than undergoing treatment with rehabilitation first to treat longstanding anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Graphic showing hand gripping inflamed knee

Results from the ACL SNNAP trial, a multi-centre study led by researchers at the University of Oxford reveal that, over 18 months, going straight to reconstructive surgery has a better outcome than a programme with rehabilitation first (and subsequent surgery if needed) for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Published in The Lancet, the findings have significant implications for the long-term outcomes for patients as well as providing cost savings to healthcare providers.

Read the full story on the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) website.