Editorial Commentary: Anatomic or Not, the Tunnel Will Get Wider!

MERMERKAYA M. U., Büyükdoğan K., Hakyemez Ö. S., Birinci M., Avcı C. C.

Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, vol.36, no.4, pp.1112-1113, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In our experience, arthroscopic tunnel widening is one of the major complications after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Even though this complication doesn't require an acute correction or intervention, patients with failed ACL reconstruction along with tunnel widening may need a 2-stage revision in which we have to fill the gap in the tunnels first. Otherwise, this tunnel widening after ACL reconstruction doesn't affect the clinical outcomes of the primary surgery and it won't affect the success of the surgery in the aspects of clinical and functional outcomes.