Editorial Commentary: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair or Reconstruction With Internal Bracing, for Properly Indicated Patients, Is Safe, Biocompatible, and Biomimetic

Abstract: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with internal bracing (IB)—and ACL repair with IB when indicated—reduces graft or repair failure. IB is safe and protects ligament reconstructions and repairs. The IB construct should not be misunderstood as a synthetic ligament. To be effective, suture tape must be independently secured with the knee in full extension,…

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Clinical and basic science evidence supports the use of suture tape augmentation of PCL reconstruction

Abstract: Though isolated posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries can often be treated successfully without surgical intervention, in the setting of persistent instability or multiligamentous knee injury, PCL reconstruction is indicated. PCL reconstructions have often resulted in persistent postoperative laxity. Recent research suggests there may be a role for suture tape augmented grafts, which have demonstrated…

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ADAM STOKES SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST

SCOTLAND, UK Adam Stokes is a Sports Physiotherapist with over eleven years of experience working as a clinician and medical department lead at some of the biggest clubs in Scottish Football, as well as working with the Scottish National Team. Gained a Master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Bath in 2017, completing…

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DR. PATRICK A. SMITH

MISSOURI, US Dr. Patrick A. Smith received his medical training at the University of Michigan followed by a sports medicine fellowship under Jack C. Hughston. He has practiced focusing on sports medicine at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in Columbia, Missouri for 37 years. He served as Head Team Physician at the University of Missouri for…

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STEVEN SHIN, M.D., MMSc

LOS ANGELES, US Dr. Steven Shin is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of athletes’ hand and upper limb injuries. He received his AB, MMSc and MD degrees from Brown University. Dr. Shin completed his residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, followed by a hand surgery fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Shin is…

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PROFESSOR BILL RIBBANS

NORTHAMPTON, UK Professor Bill Ribbans is a Northampton, England, based Orthopaedic surgeon. His training was principally in London with fellowships in Sheffield and Harvard. His clinical interests are predominantly Foot and Ankle and Knee. He is Professor of Sports Medicine at his local university. He has looked after numerous professional and international sports teams and…

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ANTONIO POZZI, DMV, MS, Diplomate ACVS

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Antonio Pozzi is the Director of the Clinic of Small Animal Surgery and head of the Small Animal Department at the University of Zurich. After graduating at the University of Milan in 1997, he completed an internship and residency at the Ohio State University and became a Diplomate ACVS in 2006. He became…

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BRUCE A LEVY, MD

MINNESOTA, US Doctor Levy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and received his medical degree from the University of Montreal. He then completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Doctor Levy holds the…

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ERIC GIZA M.D.

SACRAMENTO, CA. Dr. Giza is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of the UC Davis Orthopaedic foot and ankle service and the UCD/Reno Orthopaedics Foot & Ankle Co-Fellowship director.  He specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopy and complex reconstruction of the foot and ankle. Dr. Giza is a former collegiate soccer player and has served as…

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JEFFREY R. DUGAS, M.D.

ALABAMA, US Jeffrey R. Dugas, M.D. specializes in the treatment of injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Recently, his research efforts include his pioneering work on the use of Internal Brace technology for the treatment of UCL injuries in overhead athletes. Following his orthopedic training, Dr. Dugas completed a fellowship in sports medicine at…

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