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of 'Anterior cruciate ligament injury'

The use of hamstring tendons for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Technique and results.
Brown CH Jr, Steiner ME, Carson EW
Clin Sports Med. 1993;12(4):723.
We feel that some of the current prejudice against use of hamstring tendon grafts for ACL reconstruction has not been justified if one critically reviews the literature. In this article, we have tried to provide the reader with our current indications, present our current surgical technique, and review some of the outcome studies involving use of the hamstring tendons for ACL reconstruction. We also feel that some of the poor results of hamstring tendon ACL reconstructions previously reported resulted from the use of inadequate strength grafts (single-stranded grafts) and lack of rigid fixation on both ends of the graft (usually secondary to inadequate graft length). We feel that the technique described in this article addresses both of these issues. It is our clinical impression that, in appropriately selected patients, this technique produces stability and functional outcome similar to that obtained with patellar tendon grafts but results in less postoperative pain, a quicker return of quadriceps muscle function, and less donor site morbidity.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.