News : 2016 : April

Why the Quadriceps Graft is a Great Option for your Patient’s ACL Reconstruction

One of the more common injuries suffered by both professional and recreational athletes is a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. As a UHealth Sports Medicine orthopedic surgeon and team physician for Miami Hurricanes soccer and men’s and women’s basketball teams, Michael Baraga, M.D., knows all about ACL ruptures and reconstructions. While Baraga offers different types of ACL reconstruction for his patients, the latest treatment he performs – and recommends – is the quadriceps tendon autograft.

At UHealth, all types of ACL reconstructions are offered, providing patients with a variety of options to suit their personal needs and expectations while tailored to improve their outcomes. While cadaver tissue is appropriate in low-demand or older patients, younger patients and those participating in cutting and pivoting sports have been shown to have less chance of re-tearing their reconstructed ACL when their own tissue is used. Patients have the option of a traditional bone-patellar tendon-bone graft, hamstring graft, or the quadriceps tendon graft.

With less than 2% of orthopedic surgeons in the U.S specializing in the quadriceps tendon graft, UHealth Sports Medicine is the only center in South Florida that offers it. Comparative studies with other more common autografts, such as hamstrings and bone-patellar tendon-bone, have shown that quadriceps tendon autograft requires less pain medication after surgery, faster recovery of motion and strength, less donor site morbidity, and lower risk of re-injury.

To refer a patient to UHealth Sports Medicine call (305) 243-UMMD (8663).