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What is ACL Reconstruction?

ACL Reconstruction

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a surgical procedure to replace a torn or damaged ACL ligament in your knee with a new ACL tissue graft obtained most commonly from your own body (autograft) or in rare cases from a deceased donor (allograft).

The most common autografts are the patellar tendon (tendon of the kneecap) or one of the hamstring tendons (tendons located at the back of the thigh). In some instances, the quadriceps tendon located above the kneecap is utilized. Tendons are cords of strong fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect one bone to another bone.

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