Hamstring graft preparation using a needleless suture loop.

Journal Article

Placement of running, locking stitches during the harvest and preparation of hamstring tendons can be time consuming and requires placement of suture in the most distal and proximal 2 to 3 cm of the tendons. The authors have regularly used a needleless suture loop technique to both harvest and prepare autograft gracilis and semitendinosis tendons and to tension quadrupled hamstring tendon grafts during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. This cost-effective technique reduces exposure to needles, the time required to harvest and prepare the grafts, and the amount of suture in the tibial tunnel, while providing adequate fixation to tension the tendons as needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wittstein, J; Wilson, B; Garrett, WE; Toth, A

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 142 - 144

PubMed ID

  • 21838078

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1548-825X

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States