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A 16-year-old male asked:

what is the best acl graft to choose if u plan on returning to high level sports like football and basketball?

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Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Autograft: There are several choices for a graft for acl reconstruction: patellar tendon autograft, hamstring autograft, and allograft. Studies show that taking an autograft in a young patient has a lower rate of re-tear as compared to an allograft, so that would be your best option. Between hamstring and patellar tendon, the jury is still out, and i would go with the one your surgeon recommends.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What type of ACL reconstruction graft is best?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
There are a few, --: Like 1: patella-tendon-bone, from the front of the knee, taken from patient's knee; 2: hamstrings tendons, taken from the patient's knee are; 3: cadaveric achilles tendon. Discuss with your orthopod as he'll be using the type he thinks would be the best for you. Good luck.

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Last updated Jan 20, 2014

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