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What is the main difference between bone plugs and screws for ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: A lot.....

When we perform an ACL reconstruction, we need to utilize a "graft" to construct a new ligament.
Some of those graft choices have bone plugs and some are all soft tissue (hamstring tendons). After the graft is placed, we need to secure it or hold it in position. We can use screws or other devices to go this. So a screw is a means of fixation, whereas the bone plug is simply a part of a graft.

In brief: A lot.....

When we perform an ACL reconstruction, we need to utilize a "graft" to construct a new ligament.
Some of those graft choices have bone plugs and some are all soft tissue (hamstring tendons). After the graft is placed, we need to secure it or hold it in position. We can use screws or other devices to go this. So a screw is a means of fixation, whereas the bone plug is simply a part of a graft.
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Dr. Ty Endean
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Graft types

It depends on the type of tissue your surgeon uses.
Some have bone attached and others are just tissue. Bone plugs are either patella(knee cap) or calcaneous (heel). Screws are the man made objects we use to fixate the graft to your bones. They can be made up of metal, plastic or bio degradable material.

In brief: Graft types

It depends on the type of tissue your surgeon uses.
Some have bone attached and others are just tissue. Bone plugs are either patella(knee cap) or calcaneous (heel). Screws are the man made objects we use to fixate the graft to your bones. They can be made up of metal, plastic or bio degradable material.
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