This page shows results of two different ACL surveys / polls.
1. Graft Choice Survey
Which graft do you think is best?
49% Hamstring (128 votes)
30% Patella (79 votes)
21% Allograft / Cadaver (53 votes)
In a survey on ACL surgery graft preference was conducted between January 2011 and November 2011 among 260 website visitors, nearly half of the voters (49%) chose the hamstring graft as the best graft. Patella and allograft choices made up the remaining (51%). Voters did so voluntarily and it allowed only 1 vote per visitor (tracking and blocking IP address from repeat votes).
2. ACL Surgery Survey (8 questions)
Here are final results to an ACL survey of 62 respondents who say they had ACL surgery, conducted online from Dec. 2 – Dec. 23, 2010. Survey was administered by Survey Monkey.
1. Overall, how satisfied are you with your ACL surgery?
81% of the respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with their surgery. Only the minority (8%) were unsatisfied or very unsatisfied.
2. What graft did you choose for your ACL surgery?
The majority (56%) of survey respondents chose hamstring over the alternatives. Patellar was chosen by 32% of respondents. The ‘other’ choice was chosen for a few who had both done either in the same knee or both knees. No one claimed use of a synthetic graft.
3. Overall, which graft do you think is best for ACL surgery?
With percentages similar to the previous question, and considering 81% were satisfied with their surgery, it’s likely most respondents think the graft they chose to have ACL surgery with was the best choice.
4. Have you had any screws removed after your ACL surgery?
92% has either kept their screws in, or never had them. 8.1% (5 responses) claimed to have had them removed, but only 1 claimed to be satisfied with it, and 1 was neutral (this question is not shown- was only visible to YES respondents).
5. Average cost of ACL surgery (out of pocket costs): $2,339.43
Range $0 to $17,500
6. How much knee pain do you now have?
Only 1 (2%) of 52 respondents reported extreme pain. 19.6% moderate pain, 19.6% little pain, 15.7% very little pain, 35.5% no pain at all, and 17.6% recently had surgery.
7. What were you doing when you originally tore your ACL?
23.5% soccer (futball) was the most common answer, followed by skiing (13.7%), basketball and football (each at 11.8%). Typed answers occurring two or more times included: wrestling, ultimate frisbee, flighting (martial arts), and riding motorcycles.
8. What advice can you give someone thinking about ACL surgery?
Responses to the last question are listed here: View ACL surgery tips…