Nicolas Bouguennec 1, MathieuThaunat 2, Johannes Barth 3, Etienne Cavaignac 4,

François-Xavier Gunepin 5, Romain Letartre 6, Alexandre Netten 7, Nicolas Pujol 8,

Thomas Rousseau 9, Jaafar Sbihi 10, Caroline Mouton 7,11,

the Francophone Arthroscopy Society (SFA) 12

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1 - Clinique du Sport de Bordeaux-Mérignac, 33700 Merignac, France

2 - Ramsay Santé, Hôpital Privé Jean Mermoz, Centre Orthopédique Santy, 24 Avenue Paul Santy, 69008 Lyon, France

3 - Clinique des Cèdres, 21 Avenue Albert Londres, 38130 Echirolles, France

4 - Clinique Universitaire du Sport, 1 Place du Docteur Joseph Baylac, 31300 Toulouse, France

5 - Clinique Mutualiste de la Porte de l’Orient, 3 Rue Robert de La Croix, 56100 Lorient, France. Centre Hospitalier Lannion-Trestel, 22303 Lannion cedex, France

6 - Ramsay Santé Hôpital Privé la Louvière, 126 Rue de la Louvière, 59800 Lille, France

7 - Rue des Pervenches 30, Seraing 4100, Belgium

8 - Centre Hospitalier de Versailles, 177 Rue de Versailles, 78150 Le Chesnay, France

9 - Clinique Mutualiste Catalane, 60 Rue Louis Mouillard, 66000 Perpignan, France

10 - Clinique Juge, 116 Rue J. Mermoz, 13008 Marseille, France

11 - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg – Clinique d’Eich, Luxembourg - Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Science, Luxembourg


Introduction: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a frequent procedure, with room for improvement by rehabilitation measures and associated peripheral and meniscal surgeries that are currently under assessment, requiring follow-up. Outside France, there have been ACL registries for 20 years now. The French Arthroscopy Society (SFA) decided to set up an ACL tear registry within its SFA DataLake registry platform.

Material and Method:

This article presents the methodology underlying the ACL Tear Registry: i.e., identification, definition and coding of essential and relevant data. A test phase comprised an initial assessment to improve data quality and overall coherence, to optimize data-entry time for patients and practitioners, who are the guarantors of the registry’s use and efficacy.


The SFA DataLake ACL Tear Registry was made available to SFA members in December 2021. It aims to enable a review of practices for surgeons, early detection of failure of procedures and implants, with rates of failure and abnormal complications, and identification of prognostic factors for outcome, especially regarding original items that do not figure in previous registries.


SFA DataLake strikes a balance between “indispensable” and “original” items. The choice of contents and data quality is founded on a robust methodology with overall coherence, enabling analysis of large cohorts and comparisons with the literature and other registries. However, it remains to assess rates of data entry and item relevance as the Registry progresses.