Congratulations to Kyle Kunze for publishing this important paper. This systematic review looked at the ACL surgery, specifically which tendon is harvested to reconstruct the ligament. By analyzing multiple studies together, this paper showed that there was less morbidity (defined as “the condition of suffering from a disease or medical condition”) when using a hamstring or a quad tendon as compared to a patellar tendon.
Furthermore, the type of tendon used “was not associated with complications, all-cause reoperations, or revision ACLR. Based on the current data, there is sufficient evidence to recommend that autograft selection should be personalized through considering differential rates of donor-site morbidity in the context of patient expectations and activity level without concern for a clinically important change in the rate of adverse events.”
Read the article in Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy.