Quadriceps tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Aug;28(8):2644-2656. doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-05902-z. Epub 2020 Feb 18.


Quadriceps tendon is a promising alternative graft option for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, which can be harvested with or without a bone block as well as a full or partial thickness graft. Therefore, quadriceps tendon graft could be used in primary and revision ACL reconstruction based on the requirements (tunnel size, tunnel position, etc.). The all soft tissue, partial thickness quadriceps tendon graft in detail and pitfalls of the harvest are described in the present review. After quadriceps tendon harvest, especially in soccer players, who need a strong quadriceps to strike a ball with power, the postoperative rehabilitation may need to be adapted. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: V.

Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL); Graft; Quadriceps tendon; Reconstruction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries / surgery*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / methods*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Quadriceps Muscle / surgery
  • Soccer / injuries
  • Tendons / anatomy & histology
  • Tendons / transplantation*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting