Dr. Harner describes a woman's graft options for her posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) surgery.
Graft choices for PCL reconstruction, if the patient is going to undergo surgery, that’s called a reconstruction. That’s where we replace a torn ligament with new tissue; that’s called a graft. The graft can come from the patient called autograft or from a donor called allograft.
Most surgeons prefer in this setting, in PCL injured knees, allograft tissue, and there’s different types of allograft tissues--Achilles tendon’s one, patellar tendons one. There’s one called semitendinosus and gracilis. There’s other tissue called posterior tibialis and anterior tibialis that can be used.
About Dr. Harner, M.D.:
Dr. Christopher D. Harner, M.D., is a Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Director, and works in the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.