For anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, the
replacement graft can be harvested from tissue in the patellar (kneecap)
region. The surgeon removes the tissue along with a small piece of bone called
a "bone block" at each end. The graft is first pulled through the two tunnels
that were drilled in the upper and lower leg bones and then secured with screws
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerFreddie H. Fu, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Freddie H. Fu, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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