An autograft is a graft taken from one part of a person and transplanted elsewhere in the same person.

Autografts are extensively used in the knee for cruciate ligament reconstruction and joint cartilage repair.

The benefit of using the body's own tissue for repair of damaged structures is that there is no rejection, and little risk of infection, and the time between 'harvest' and implant is minimised.

Compare - allograft (from a donor body), and xenograft (graft of animal tissue).


Graft choice for cruciate ligament reconstruction

There are different options for cruciate ligament reconstruction, both in terms of the procedure and also the graft material.