I had an ACl Reconstruction on both knees. One knee used a patellar tendon graft and the other used a hamstring graft. My patellar tendon graft feels much stronger and more stable when I make cuts on a basketball court and it feels as though I am missing something in the hamstring where they took the graft. If I kneel down on both knees, I can raise the my heel near my butt on the patellar tendon leg, but it is so weak that on the other leg that I can hardly get it off the ground.
Also, if I squeeze both of my hamstrings while seated in a chair I can put my finger under the inside part of my thigh on each leg and it feels like the leg that had the hamstring graft is just missing a slice of the tendon that connects the hamstring muscle to the inside of the shin bone shin bone.
It has been years since both surgeries and I am wondering if this tendon ever grows back? And if it doesn't, are there any procedures to add any tissue to that tendon to get it back to full strength? I prefer the patellar tendon graft to the hamstring graft by a longshot. I would love to be comfortable cutting and turning on both legs again.