Is the surgical management of a patient with infection following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) an emergency, or can the patient be optimized prior to surgical intervention? If so, what needs to be optimized?

Authors: Dragan Radoičić, Ramón Barredo, Eric Wicks

RECOMMENDATION: Infection following ACLR is not a surgical emergency in most cases. Sepsis associated with infected anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) requires an emergency treatment. Most surgeons agree that surgical intervention should take place without delay, on a prompt basis, preferably on the same day as the clinical presentation of an ACLR infection. The patient’s condition needs to be optimized prior to surgery.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Moderate

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 100%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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