Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction is commonly done with a graft from the patella tendon or hamstring.  A graft from the patella tendon is about 10 centimeters long and includes pieces of bone from the knee cap on one end and the upper tibia on the other end.  The defect in the patella tendon is closed.  The tendon will eventually heal and regain its strength.  Grafts can also be taken from cadavers.

The graft is used to reconstruct the ACL through arthroscopic surgery while viewing the inside of the knoee on a video monitor.

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube videoYou need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Filed under: Sports Orthopedics

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!