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For knee surgery, the most common method is to use a tendon from elsewhere in patient's body to replace the torn anterior cruciate ligament. But why tendon not ligament? Tendon have different composition from ligament. It should take longer repair time using tendon instead of ligament.

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    "Tendon have different composition from ligament. It should take longer repair time using tendon instead of ligament." I'm curious; what makes you say this? – anongoodnurse May 25 '16 at 15:38
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    This question needs more information and references. – Thawn May 25 '16 at 16:38
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    Where would you get a ligament from that isn't going to make you worse off? – Graham Chiu May 26 '16 at 15:05
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Graham Chiu put it very well: "Where would you get a ligament from that isn't going to make you worse off?"

We rely on our ligaments for the structural stability of our skeleton. This supersedes the integrity of our muscular attachments, although there are a few exceptions. Since they're attached to muscles, tendons are going to be more superficial (easier to access) and more abundant.

Some circumstances can necessitate the transfer (not a complete removal as in tendon harvest, but the redirection of one end) of a ligament. This happens when one skeletal structure's stability is secondary to the stability of a neighboring bony union, so a ligament is appropriately reprioritized:

"Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction with coracoacromial ligament transfer using the docking technique." Millett et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2009.

Symptomatic Acromioclavicular (AC) dislocations have historically been surgically treated with Coracoclavicular (CC) ligament reconstruction with transfer of the Coracoacromial (CA) ligament. The distal clavicle was resected and stabilized with CC ligament reconstruction using the CA ligament. The CA ligament was passed into the medullary canal and tensioned, using a modified 'docking' technique. The docking procedure allows for tensioning of the transferred CA ligament and healing of the ligament in an intramedullary bone tunnel. Excellent clinical results were achieved, decreasing the risk of recurrent distal clavicle instability.

CClig-CAlig

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