Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: ACL | cadaver | ligament | autograft | allograft | patellar | tendon

Is Cadaver Part OK for Knee?

Friday, 11 May 2012 09:09 AM

Question: I am a man in 30s and I recently ruptured the ACL in my knee. I’d like to get it repaired since I am an avid golfer. I have been offered a cadaver replacement ligament. Is there a chance this ligament could be rejected by my body?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
ACL reconstruction surgery uses a graft to replace the ligament. The most common grafts are autografts using part of your own body, such as the tendon of the kneecap (patellar tendon) or one of the hamstring tendons. Another choice is allograft tissue, which is taken from a deceased donor. Researchers at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, presented findings at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine 2008 Annual Meeting, that because of the almost 24 percent failure rate, the use of cadaver replacement ligaments might not be the best choice for young athletic patients under the age of 40. The risks involved are disadvantages associated with scarcity of suitable tissue, the risk of the recipient contracting a disease from the donor, or tissue rejection.

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Autografts are the first choice for ACL reconstruction surgery.
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