Dr. Matava shares if an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery scar is large.
Well, depending upon the graft you use, the scar can be as small as an inch if you use a cadaveric graft called an allograft. If you use the patellar tendon graft, that is the most common graft, that leaves a scar about two to three inches in length.
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.