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How is body tissue used in ACL reconstruction surgery?

An ACL reconstruction using your own tissue is generally done with one of two types of tissues in the body:

  1. the patellar bone graft, a small piece of the tendon, is harvested and then inserted into the knee to build the new ligament
  2. the hamstring tendons from the back of the knee can be harvested and used to reconstruct the ACL

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