ACL reconstruction with the patellar tendon. Presentation of an instrument for preparation of the free transplant

A. Lanzetta, P. Volpi

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Following the still controversial use of various techniques and the resort to artificial prostheses, employment of the free autologous patellar tendon is nearly always the method of choice for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Removal and preparation of the transplant are crucial steps with a decisive infuence on the final result. This paper describes an instrument (called the 'Tensor' for trimming the bone blocks, and for determining the measurements of the tendon and keeping it taut until implanted. This addition to the knee repair surgeon's armamentarium consists of a plate, a cursor and a steel L-shaped bracket, and is used on the sterile work table.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Sports Traumatology and Related Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993



  • anterior cruciate ligament
  • patellar tendon transplant
  • reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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