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How does an acl reconstruction with allograft work?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. James Chen answered

Specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery

Like old acl: Allograft is tissue from a cadaver (dead person). The allograft is anchored in place where the old native acl was. It heals just like the old acl however it is non-native tissue. Allograft can be either hamstring, achilles tendon, patellar tendon, or quadriceps tendon. In a young patient under 30 there is a higher re-rupture rate in acl reconstruction using allograft.

Answered 6/4/2013


Dr. Gregory Harvey answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

ALLOGRAFT: The surgical procedure for the acl reconstruction is similar to an autograft. However since the graft is a donor, extra time is not required to remove the graft and the pain can be less after the surgery. Check out www.Orthoillustrated.Com for some nice animatiions of the surgery.

Answered 11/27/2017



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