Better fix for torn ACLs

Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a model to show that a newer surgical technique results in a stronger, more natural ACL repair.

“The knee is a complex joint supported by four main ligaments,” said director of the Division of Research at MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and senior author of the study. “Of these four ligaments, the ACL is most prone to injury. The key to a successful repair is for the graft to integrate, or grow into the bones of the joint just like a normal ACL. We developed a research model that for the first time allowed us to compare the level of healing achieved by different surgical methods to determine the best option for graft integration.”

Source: Science Daily

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