Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone–patellar tendon–bone autograft with suture tape augmentation

Benson, Daniel M. and Hopper, Graeme P. and Wilson, William T. and Mackay, Gordon M. (2021) Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone–patellar tendon–bone autograft with suture tape augmentation. Arthroscopy Techniques. ISSN 2212-6287

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    Abstract

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee, with injury usually occurring as a result of multidirectional sports. The incidence of ACL injury has continued to increase, with most patients opting for surgery to improve stability as well as permit a return to sport. Traditional methods of ACL reconstruction can achieve this but are not without their problems, including graft rupture, residual laxity, and donor-site morbidity. There is therefore a requirement for further research into newer, innovative surgical techniques to help improve complication rates. This article describes, with video illustration, ACL reconstruction using a reduced-size bone–patellar tendon–bone autograft with suture tape augmentation. The augmentation acts as a stabilizer during the early stages of graft incorporation while resisting against reinjury during an accelerated recovery. The ability to use a reduced-size graft decreases the donor-site burden, and retention of residual native ACL tissue, when possible, may help with proprioception.