4 doctors weighed in:
Is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The patellar tendon and hamstring tendons are the most common grafts used to reconstruct the acl; it cannot be repaired once torn.
Another option is to use an allograft which means a cadaver tissue graft from a deseased person. These are also often patellar tendon or hamstring grafts. The literature is mixed but in general, using your own tissue is more successfull than using an allograft.

In brief: Yes
The patellar tendon and hamstring tendons are the most common grafts used to reconstruct the acl; it cannot be repaired once torn.
Another option is to use an allograft which means a cadaver tissue graft from a deseased person. These are also often patellar tendon or hamstring grafts. The literature is mixed but in general, using your own tissue is more successfull than using an allograft.
Dr. Scott Graham
Dr. Scott Graham
Thank
Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can be
The traditional gold standard acl reconstruction uses a patella tendon along with some bone on both sides.
There are alternatives aug as hamstring tendon and donor cadaver grafts that are now used more commonly. There are studies that claim each is better than another.

In brief: It can be
The traditional gold standard acl reconstruction uses a patella tendon along with some bone on both sides.
There are alternatives aug as hamstring tendon and donor cadaver grafts that are now used more commonly. There are studies that claim each is better than another.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
26 years in practice
490K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors