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A 43-year-old member asked:

For athlete, is a patellar graft or a hamstring graft better for an acl reconstruction?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Hamstring: Quicker recovery. Expected full regaining of hamstring strength at 1 year postop. No risk of fractures. Patellar tendon grafts result in only 80% regaining of quad strength longterm, and anterior knee pain complaints are high long term. Patella fracture risk postop due to graft defect.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

For a non-competitive athlete, is a patellar graft or a hamstring graft most effective for an ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
Acl tear: I would recommed a hamstring graft although the patella graft would work well too. The hamstring graft can be removed through a cosmetically nicer incision and there is probably less postop pain than a patella graft. I assume your question was in regards to autografts and not allografts?
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