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Arthrosc Tech. 2018 Oct 29;7(11):e1221-e1229. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2018.08.007. eCollection 2018 Nov.

Quadriceps Tendon Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Independent Suture Tape Reinforcement.

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Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital; and Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common among adolescent athletes and are rising with increased participation in higher level athletics at earlier ages. In these young patients, often with open physes, soft tissue grafts continue to be the primary graft choice for ACL reconstruction. Reinjury continues to be a concern in this high-risk age group, with failure rates 2 to 3 times higher than in adults. Recently, primary ACL reconstruction with suture tape augmentation/reinforcement has been described in both hamstring autografts and allografts. Purported advantages include protection of the graft during the revascularization and remodeling phase of incorporation. This Technical Note details a surgical technique of independent suture tape reinforcement during primary all soft tissue quadriceps tendon autograft ACL reconstruction using an all-inside technique.

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