Hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: does gracilis tendon harvest matter?
Bjorn Barenius, Webster Kate Webster, Jodie McClelland, Julian Feller
INTERNATIONAL ORTHOPAEDICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2013
PURPOSE: Hamstring tendon grafts are a popular choice for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Typical morbidity reported after hamstring tendon harvest is muscle weakness in flexion, and whilst still a matter for debate, this morbidity may be greater if the gracilis tendon is harvested in addition to the semitendinosus. This study sought to comprehensively compare the outcome of ACL reconstructions in which the semitendinosus was harvested alone (ST group) or with the gracilis (ST/G group). METHODS: Twenty patients (ten ST, ten ST/G) were assessed with a variety of measures that included subjective scores, function, strength and tibial rotation as measured by gai..View full abstract