Dr. Matava explains if a woman will need to take anti-rejection medication if a cadaver is used during her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
No, you do not. The ACL and the cartilage and structures of that nature around the knee are considered immune-privileged and so there is not really a rejection phenomenon like you would see with a heart transplant or a lung transplant. In addition, there is not a blood supply that goes through an ACL graft, again, like a large organ would be transplanted and so, you do not have to have anti-rejection medications.
About Dr. Matava, M.D.:
Dr. Matthew J. Matava, M.D., is an associate professor and orthopedic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Specializing in sports medicine, his clinical areas of interest include ligament injuries of the knee, athletic injuries of the shoulder and elbow, and pediatric orthopedic knee disorders.
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