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ACL Reconstruction: A Closer Look

Anterior Cruciate Ligament

There are several Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction (ACL) surgical options once you and your surgeon have decided that this is the best option for you. Studies have shown that the repaired ACL fails over time. (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Therefore, the torn ACL is generally reconstructed by a substitute graft made of tendon. There are several options for grafting: the patellar tendon autograft (autograft means your own tissue), hamstring tendon autograft and allograft tissue (allograft means taken from a cadaver)