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The purpose of this article is to discuss the bioabsorbable interference screws currently available for graft fixation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. A brief review of the literature regarding the use of bioabsorbable interference screws is included. The screw design, insertion...
This article reviews the three most common materials used in bioabsorbable implants in orthopaedic surgery: PGA (polyglycolic acid), PLA (polylactic acid), and PDS (polydioxanone). The chemical, material, and resorption properties of the individual polymers as well as their copolymers are...
Metal interference screw fixation has become the gold standard fixation method for bone patellar tendon bone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Clinical outcomes studies as well as biomechanical pullout and cyclic loading studies have supported the interference screw's ability to...
The advance of arthroscopic techniques for operative approaches to the knee would not have occurred without incorporation of basic tools or instruments. The learning of arthroscopic surgery begins with mastery of these basic instruments including the probe, biters/forceps, graspers, motorized...
Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is performed frequently in the United States with predictably good results. Results are dependent on an early postoperative physical therapy program that stresses early motion. Early rehabilitation demands rigid intraoperative mechanical...
Most commonly seen in the knee, elbow and ankle, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) represents an underlying bony fragment separation from the subchondral region with or without articular involvement. Osteochondral or chondral injuries are associated with trauma and can occur in any joint. Unstable...
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