Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with quadriceps tendon-patellar bone autograft

Chih Hwa Chen, Wen Jer Chen, Chun Hsiung Shih

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Background: Surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is indicated in the ACL-deficient knee with symptomatic instability and multiple ligaments injuries. Bone patellar tendon-bone and the hamstring tendon generally have been used. In the present study, we describe an alternative graft, the quadriceps tendon-patellar bone autograft, by using arthroscopic ACL reconstruction. Methods: From March of 1996 through March of 1997, a quadriceps tendon-patellar bone autograft was used in 12 patients with ACL injuries. Results: After 15 to 24 months of follow-up, the clinical outcome for those patients with this graft have been encouraging. Ten patients could return to the same or a higher level of preinjury sports activity. According to the International Knee Documentation Committee rating system, 10 of the 12 patients had normal or nearly normal ratings. Recovery of quadriceps muscle strength to 80% of the normal knee was achieved in 11 patients in 1 year. Conclusion: The advantages of the quadriceps tendon graft include the following: the graft is larger and stronger than the patellar tendon; morbidity of harvest technique and donor site is less than that of patellar tendon graft; there is little quadriceps inhibition after quadriceps harvest; there is quicker return to sports activities with aggressive rehabilitation. A quadriceps tendon-patellar autograft is a reasonable alternative to ACL reconstruction in patients who are not suitable for either a bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft or a hamstring tendon autograft.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-682
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Arthroscopy
  • Quadriceps tendon autograft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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