Indications for Autograft vs. Allograft In ACL Reconstruction

    Approximately 200,000 people injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the US annually, with about half of them undergoing ACL reconstruction.

    The question is, should the ligament be reconstructed with an autograft or an allograft?

    There’s no clear-cut answer: Although many surgeons prefer autografts, allografts still have a role in ACL reconstruction.

    At the Transatlantic Orthopaedic Congress, Francesco Benazzo, MD, and Craig S. Radnay, MD, MPH, presented the case for autografts and allografts, respectively, in reconstructing a torn ACL.

    We asked them to discuss their indications for these grafts. Click the images below to hear their comments.

    Francesco Benazzo, MD – Autografts

    Craig S. Radnay, MD – Allografts

    Producer: Susan Doan-Johnson; Director and Post Production: Michael Bugera