As previously noted I’ve opted to take the Allograft route for my upcoming ACL surgery. Today i’m compiling a list of resources regarding the use of Allograft or cadaver tissue in ACL repairs.
Allograft vs. Autograft in ACL Reconstruction Medscape.com – This article is brief but rather technical. It contains a couple of good images and some great information about the chances of disease transmission, which is obviously a concern for anyone undertaking such an operation.
Allograft ACL Repair Questioned in Young Active Patients MedpageToday – This article is downright scary. It summarizes a study that shows Allograft to have high failure rates in patients under 40 who are highly active, a category I definitely fall in to.
eorthopod.com has an article stating that there is no difference in strength and reiterating faster recovery period.
All of this is food for thought. Were this my first repair I’d definitely go with a hamstring repair, but because i’ve already done that it’s not an option. My approach will be to get back on my feet as soon as possible and try to get a strong as possible to protect that ligament.