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Int Orthop. 2001;25(5):308-11.

Patellar tendon vs. doubled semitendinosus and gracilis tendon for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium.


In a prospective study on ACL reconstruction we treated 17 patients with a "central third-bone-patellar tendon-bone" autograft (PT group) and 32 patients with a doubled semitendinosus/doubled gracilis autograft (HS group). Patients were reviewed at 6 weeks, and at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively and the groups compared. Up till 6 months, the KT-1000 side-to-side difference was significantly greater in the HS group (P<0.05) and at 6 and 12 months isokinetic hamstrings strength was lower (P<0.05). No significant differences were noted at any stage with respect to quadriceps strength, functional scores, range of motion, or swelling.

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