Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Utilizing Internal Brace Augmentation

Arthrosc Tech. 2016 Oct 10;5(5):e1143-e1147. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.06.007. eCollection 2016 Oct.

Abstract

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are among the most common sports-related injuries. Although studies have reported reliable outcomes with allograft tissue, several studies have shown a higher failure rate in younger patients. Although ACL graft augmentation has been met with varying levels of success, internal bracing of an allograft represents a promising area in ACL reconstruction. The purpose of this article is to detail allograft preparation involving a collagen-coated, ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene/polyester suture tape as an internal brace augmentation for ACL reconstruction using the all-inside ACL GraftLink Technique (Arthrex, Naples, FL).