Dr. Matava shares if there is an increased risk for infection if a cadaver graft if used during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
That certainly can happen. Anytime you take tissue from another human, there is risk for bacterial, fungal, and HIV infection. The risk for HIV contraction has been calculated to be about one in 1.6 million. So it’s a very low-risk, but it is still a risk we have to talk with patients about.
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.