A hamstrings autograft is when one or more hamstrings tendons are surgically removed and prepared for use as a graft elsewhere in the same person, eg reconstructing a torn anterior cruciate ligament.


The semitendinosus hamstring tendon is harvested on the medial side of the knee, often together with the gracilis tendon.

hamstrings graft

The prepared graft ready for the reconstruction procedure, in this case reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament.


Hamstrings graft harvest

An incision is made on the inner side of the knee over the pes anserinus (where the tendons join like a goose foot), and a tendon-stripper instrument is pushed up to strip out part of the tendons, which are then folded and sutured to make a stronger graft.

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Hamstrings graft

Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
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