The ABCs of ACL

What is the ACL?

The ACL is the anterior cruciate ligament. This strong tissue band connects the shin bone to the thigh bone and provides knee stability. ACL injuries are fairly common, and can occur by simply taking an awkward misstep while walking or from a sports-related collision.

Most ACL injuries require a surgical procedure, and in many cases the ligament must be reconstructed in order to regain normal functionality. Your surgeon will determine this based on a number of factors, including tear location, how much original ACL is present, and your age and activity level. Many ACL injuries often occur in conjunction with damage to other knee structures.

If using tendon autograft, a surgeon may use part of your patellar tendon, hamstring, or quadriceps. Another option is allograft, which is a graft taken from a human donor. Companies such as MTF Biologics, which has provided over 9 million allografts, maintain an exceptional safety record by thoroughly screening donor allografts. Both autografts and allografts can provide effective results in ACL reconstruction.