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Why autologous hamstring tendon reconstruction should now be considered the gold standard for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in athletes
  1. Leo Pinczewski (lpinczewski{at}nsosmc.com.au)
  1. North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Australia
    1. Lucy J Salmon (lsalmon{at}nsosmc.com.au)
    1. North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Australia
      1. Justin Roe (jroe{at}nsosmc.com.au)
      1. North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Australia

        Abstract

        The aim of anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery is to provide the patient with a timely return to sport allowing them to participate without any further meniscal damage and having a normal knee function which results in neither clinical nor radiologic evidence of osteoarthritis later in life. Long term study of both endoscopically performed patella tendon and hamstring tendon graft reconstructions show that this is more likely to be achieved with hamstring tendon graft rather than patella tendon graft.

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