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

hamstrings graft

A prepared hamstrings graft ready for implant.


Benefit of an autograft compared to an allograft

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.

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