Comparison of Hamstring Tendon and Patellar Tendon Grafts in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in a Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study: Results From the Danish Registry of Knee Ligament Reconstruction
Rahr-Wagner L, Thillemann TM, Pederson AB, & Lind M. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014 42: 278 doi:10.1177/0363546513509220
Increased Risk of Revision With Hamstring Tendon Grafts Compared With Patellar Tendon Grafts After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Study of 12,643 Patients From the Norwegian Cruciate Ligament Registry, 2004-2012
Persson A, Fjeldsgaard K, Gjertsen JE, Kjellsen AB, Engebretsen L, Hole RM, & Fevang JM. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014 42:285 doi:10.1177/0363546513511419
Take Home Message: The risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) revision is relatively low after an autograft reconstruction. Revision rates may be slightly lower for patellar autografts compared with hamstring autografts.
There has been little consensus amongst healthcare professionals regarding ACL graft selection. While some physicians favor the autograft, debates still remain about whether a hamstring (HT) or patellar tendon (PT) autograft yields better results. The purpose of these two studies was to investigate the revision rates between these two grafts.