The Use of Fresh Frozen Soft Tissue Allografts in Knee Ligament Surgery

  • Darren L. Johnson
  • Christopher D. Harner


The use of soft tissue allografts in knee ligament reconstruction has an important role in the surgical treatment of patients in the field of sports medicine. Currently, the most common uses for soft tissue allografts involve isolated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction, revision ACL and PCL reconstruction, medial collateral ligament augmentation, lateral collateral ligament augmentation, and combined ligamentous injuries of the knee. This chapter will highlight the current basic science, clinical knowledge, and controversies regarding the use of fresh frozen allograft tissues. In addition, we report the results of our early clinical experience using fresh frozen shft tissue allografts in knee ligament reconstruction. We will be focussing our attention on fresh frozen allografts as this has been our preferred allograft of choice since 1985. The use of freeze-dried allografts will only be mentioned briefly in this chapter.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Posterior Cruciate Ligament Ligament Reconstruction Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darren L. Johnson
    • 1
  • Christopher D. Harner
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedics, Kentucky ClinicUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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