Current Research Studies

Orthopedics, ACL – Quadriceps Tendon Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Suture Tape Reinforcement: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Condition or Therapy:

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction


Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

The goal of this study is to examine the effect of reinforcement on the results of primary quadriceps tendon autograft ACL reconstruction in adolescent patients. We will investigate the effect on post-operative patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), performance on return-to-sport (RTS) assessments, complications, and re-injury (graft-rupture and contralateral ACL injury) within the first 2 years.

Who can join the study?

Your child may take part in this study if:

  • Patients less than 20 years old with ACL tears

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

  • You can either be randomized to the use of suture tape reinforcement or not or choose which treatment option you prefer.
  • All participants will fill out a functional questionnaire pre-operatively as well as after surgery, specifically 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3–4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and 24 months.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email our study team.

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children’s Hospital campus

Principal Investigator:

Michael Saper, DO