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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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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Reduced Incidence of Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Internal Brace Augmentation 07/23

Background: Revision rates and outcome measures after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) with suture tape as an internal brace is not well-documented because of the emerging nature of the technique.Hypothesis: ACLR with internal bracing (IB) would lead to decreased revision ACLR compared with traditional ACLR while exhibiting comparable patient outcomes.Study Design: Cohort study; Level of…

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Biomechanical Stability of Lateral Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction and Repair of the Elbow: The Role of Ligament Bracing on Gap Formation and Stabilization 03/23

Abstract: Background:Augmented (internal braced) lateral ulnar collateral ligament (LUCL) repair has been biomechanically compared with reconstruction techniques in the elbow. However, LUCL repair alone has not yet been compared with augmented repair and reconstruction techniques.Hypothesis:Internal bracing of LUCL repair would improve time-zero stabilization regarding gap formation…… Read article online here

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PROF ADRIAN WILSON, MBBS, BSc (Hons) FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Oth), UK

LONDON, UK Professor Adrian Wilson is a specialist knee surgeon who qualified with a BSc in Biochemistry from Manchester University in 1989 and then went on to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s medical school, graduating in 1994. He did his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Brisbane Orthopaedic Centre with Peter Myers in 2004.  Adrian…

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Biomechanical Evaluation of Suture Tape Internal Brace Reinforcement of Soft Tissue Allografts for ACL Reconstruction Using a Porcine Model (May 2022)

Abstract: Background: Internal bracing of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is a newer concept gaining popularity. Purpose/hypothesis: To assess the biomechanical performance of soft tissue ACL reconstruction allografts reinforced with suture tape. It was hypothesized that load to failure would increase and cyclic displacement would decrease at time zero in the constructs reinforced with internal…

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Treatment of First-Time Traumatic AnteriorDislocation of the Sternoclavicular JointWith Surgical Repair of the Anterior Capsule Augmented With Internal Bracing

Background: Traumatic anterior dislocations of the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) are rare. Although they can usually be treated by a closed reduction, the reported subsequent recurrence rate is 50%.Purpose: To determine whether further instability after first-time traumatic anterior dislocation would be prevented by a minimally invasive open repair of the anterior SCJ capsule, augmented with internal…

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Results of an Accelerated Rehabilitation Program after Arthroscopic Broström Ankle Ligament Repair Augmented with an Arthroscopically Applied Suture Tape

Introduction/Purpose: The Broström-Gould is the gold standard in repair of the lateral ankle ligaments for chronic instability and arthroscopic Broström repairs have become increasingly popular with outcomes comparable to the open procedure. Despite demonstrated success, the arthroscopic Broström, like the open procedure, does not achieve the same mechanical strength as the intact native ankle ligaments…

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Editorial Commentary: The Anterior Cruciate Ligament May Be Safer Wearing a Suture Tape Augmentation Seat Belt: Click It or Ticket

Abstract: Bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction has the most data to support its use. However, there may still be room for improvement, and younger age, insufficient rehabilitation, altered neuromuscular patterns, and precocious return to play can increase risk of graft failure. High strength suture augmentation of soft-tissue repair or reconstruction has…

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