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For what reason is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?

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Dr. Kevin Shaw
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Good graft source

It is readily available and a strong graft.
Most surgeons now use hamstrings instead because of lower morbidity at the harvest site.

In brief: Good graft source

It is readily available and a strong graft.
Most surgeons now use hamstrings instead because of lower morbidity at the harvest site.
Dr. Kevin Shaw
Dr. Kevin Shaw
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Convenience

The reasons are: 1) it is similiar in size and length the the native acl, 2) it can be harvested from the same knee without a significant deficit longterm, 3) it is conveniently in the same general area as the acl surgery, 4) it has similar strength properties that can easily be fixed on the bony ends.
It doesn't mean that it is the best or only way, it has just always been convenient.

In brief: Convenience

The reasons are: 1) it is similiar in size and length the the native acl, 2) it can be harvested from the same knee without a significant deficit longterm, 3) it is conveniently in the same general area as the acl surgery, 4) it has similar strength properties that can easily be fixed on the bony ends.
It doesn't mean that it is the best or only way, it has just always been convenient.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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