When an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear injury requires surgery, there are a few different options available. One option for repairing an ACL tear is performing ACL reconstruction with a hamstring graft. Dr. Steven Struhl at Shoulders & Knees in NYC is a top knee injury orthopedic surgeon, offering advanced options in treating ACL tears and other severe joint injuries.

When a severe ACL tear injury occurs, using a tendon graft to repair the ligament has proven to be one of the best techniques for restoring function. The ACL attaches at the back of the femur (thigh bone) and at the front of the tibia (shin bone), stabilizing the knee during movement. When an ACL tear occurs, reconstruction surgery may be required. One option is using a graft from one or more of the hamstring tendons to restore the ACL.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Hamstring Graft ACL Repair?

Repairing a torn ACL can be accomplished by using grafts from either a hamstring tendon or the patellar tendon. The hamstrings are the three main muscles in the back of the thigh with three tendons that attach to the tibia. Dr. Struhl can determine if ACL reconstruction with hamstring grafts is the best option by examining the injury and considering the patient’s lifestyle and activities. A hamstring graft may be a better option for those who perform extensive kneeling activities which can aggravate ACL reconstruction using the patellar tendon.

Most ACL reconstruction with hamstring graft surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Struhl uses the least invasive methods possible to improve and hasten healing and recovery for his patients. Dr. Struhl will recommend the best form of rehabilitation to restore full movement and regain function after the surgery.

If you need surgery for your ACL tear, choose one of the best knee orthopedic surgeons in the country for your procedure. Contact us at Shoulders & Knees to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Struhl to discuss whether ACL reconstruction with a hamstring graft is right for you.