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Is an autograft or allograft better for ACL reconstruction on 42 year old active mother of two?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: ACL

You should discuss this with your doctor since there are risks and benefits for each graft type.
You might have less postop pain and a smaller scar with the allograft.

In brief: ACL

You should discuss this with your doctor since there are risks and benefits for each graft type.
You might have less postop pain and a smaller scar with the allograft.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Autograft but......

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: Autograft but......

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
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