Cruciate allograft is a reconstruction of the cruciate ligament using material from another person (ie donor tendon).


Allograft or autograft?

The use of allograft for the first procedure to reconstruct a torn cruciate ligament is a bit controversial. Most surgeons nowadays would tend to use an autograft, although an allograft might be the first choice for a second or third procedure if there are no more tendons available to harvest.


Is cruciate allograft safe?

Although transmission of infection is a risk with any allograft, most are purchased from accredited tissue banks which adhere to stringent regulation although standards might vary from country to country. The tissue is harvested from a donor, and processed to make it safe and able to be stored. Very occasionally an allograft might be taken from a family member, such as a parent for a child, and in this case there is no tissue bank involved.


Summary of an article published in the medical literature.

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.



Allograft Use in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Jost PW, Dy CJ, Robertson CM and Kelly AM. HSS J. 2011 Oct; 7(3): 251–256.

A Systematic Review of Failed Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Autograft Compared With Allograft in Young Patients Wasserstein D, Sheth U, Cabrera A and Spindler, KP. Sports Health. 2015 May; 7(3): 207–216.

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