A hamstrings harvest is the stripping out of a hamstrings tendon for use in a graft procedure.

pes tendons
The tendons for cruciate ligament reconstruction are harvested with a tendon stripper instrument from the medial side of the knee.


Pes anserine area

The main hamstring that is harvested is the semitendinosus ("semi-T"), but often another of the pes tendons - the gracilis - is taken also, although it is not actually a hamstring tendon.

Hamstrings graft harvest

Cruciate ligament reconstruction

A surgeon discussion about whether or not one really needs to reconstruct a torn cruciate ligament.



Anatomical considerations in hamstring tendon harvesting for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Charalambous CP and Kwaees TA. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2012 Oct-Dec; 2(4): 253–257.

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