Autograft or Allograft for ACL Reconstruction?

Careful graft selection plays key role in ACL reconstruction outcomes

Jennie McKee

Whether to use an autograft or an allograft in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is still controversial. Although patella tendon autograft has long been considered the gold standard, allograft safety has improved significantly in the last 15 years, making it a viable option in some patients, according to Mark D. Miller, MD, who reported on the latest information on autograft and allograft tissue and offered tips on selecting an allograft tissue bank during the 2012 Arthroscopy Association of North America Specialty Day Program.

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