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Anterior cruciate ligament graft tensioning. Is the maximal sustained one-handed pull technique reproducible?

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dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Barry
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Fergus J.
dc.contributor.author Hirpara, Kieran M.
dc.contributor.author Brennan, William F.
dc.contributor.author McHugh, Peter E.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T10:35:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T10:35:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation O'Neill,B. J. ,Byrne,F. J., Hirpara, K. M., Brennan, W.F., McHugh,P.E., Curtin, W. (2011) Anterior cruciate ligament graft tensioning. Is the maximal sustained one-handed pull technique reproducible? BMC Res Notes. 4: 244. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/3056
dc.description.abstract Background Tensioning of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction grafts affects the clinical outcome of the procedure. As yet, no consensus has been reached regarding the optimum initial tension in an ACL graft. Most surgeons rely on the maximal sustained one-handed pull technique for graft tension. We aim to determine if this technique is reproducible from patient to patient. Findings We created a device to simulate ACL reconstruction surgery using Ilizarov components and porcine flexor tendons. Six experienced ACL reconstruction surgeons volunteered to tension porcine grafts using the device to see if they could produce a consistent tension. None of the surgeons involved were able to accurately reproduce graft tension over a series of repeat trials. Conclusions We conclude that the maximal sustained one-handed pull technique of ACL graft tensioning is not reproducible from trial to trial. We also conclude that the initial tension placed on an ACL graft varies from surgeon to surgeon. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Anterior cruciate ligament en_US
dc.subject National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science en_US
dc.title Anterior cruciate ligament graft tensioning. Is the maximal sustained one-handed pull technique reproducible? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US

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