A graft is the tissue we use to give you a new ACL. The choices available break down into two large categories. Autograft is your own tissue, and allograft is cadaveric tissue. If you elect to use your own tissue, the three grafts available are bone-patella tendon-bone grafts, quadriceps tendon grafts, or hamstring grafts. There are many different allografts available to reconstruct the ACL. Whether to use an allograft (from a cadaver) is a very important decision and requires a thorough discussion with your surgeon. A Double Bundle reconstruction uses a soft tissue graft to recreate both native ACL bundles.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.