As someone who has had or will have ACL surgery, have you had any of these concerns?
• Will I return to play?
• Are there activities I should avoid?
• What if I re-tear my ACL?
• Is my other knee at risk?
• Will I develop early arthritis?
• What about pain?
These are some of the questions we are trying to provide insight into with the MOON (Multi-Center Orthopaedic Outcomes Network) ACL research study.
Who is the MOON Group?
This consortium consists of 7 sports medicine institutions throughout the United States:
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
Richard D. Parker, MD
Jack T. Andrish, MD
Morgan H. Jones, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
Robert G. Marx, MD
The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Christopher C. Kaeding, MD
David C. Flanigan, MD
University of Colorado (Denver, CO)
Eric C. McCarty, MD
Armando F. Vidal, MD
Michelle Wolcott, MD
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Ned Amendola, MD
Brian R. Wolf, MD
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Kurt P. Spindler, MD
Warren R. Dunn, MD
John E. Kuhn, MD
Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Rick W. Wright, MD
Matthew G. Matava, MD
Robert H. Brophy, MD
• This group has been in existence since 2002.
• Over 4,000 subjects have been enrolled.
• The study is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
What are the Study’s Goals?
• To understand both the short and long-term outcomes of having an ACL reconstruction. We want to know what our athletes can and cannot do because of their knee.
• To determine:
o The odds of returning back to their pre-injury level of activity and sport
o The odds of re-gaining their pre-injury function and quality-of-life
o The odds of re-tearing their ACL graft
o The odds of tearing the ACL on their other knee
o The incidence of developing early arthritis
• We strive for 90% patient follow-up, so as to accurately answer all of these questions.
How our Patients are Critical to the Success of this Study
As someone with a reconstructed ACL, your unique perspective can help us learn more about long-term outcomes for ACL patients. It only takes a few minutes of your time.
We ask our subjects to:
1. Complete a 13 page questionnaire prior to their ACL surgery.
2. Complete the same questionnaire for follow up at 2, 6 and 10 years after their ACL surgery. We will send a $20 ‘thank you’ check for each follow up questionnaire they complete.
3. Answer some questions about any additional surgeries they’ve had since their ACL surgery.
That’s it! Please help us to understand how ACL surgery may affect you, and others like you, by helping with our ACL research.
Questions? Change of address, phone number, or email?
Please call the study’s coordinating site at Vanderbilt University: 888.344.8866 (toll free)
ACL RESEARCH STUDY