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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 101-B, Issue 10 | Pages 1238 - 1247
1 Oct 2019
Soreide E Denbeigh JM Lewallen EA Thaler R Xu W Berglund L Yao JJ Martinez A Nordsletten L van Wijnen AJ Kakar S

Aims

Options for the treatment of intra-articular ligament injuries are limited, and insufficient ligament reconstruction can cause painful joint instability, loss of function, and progressive development of degenerative arthritis. This study aimed to assess the capability of a biologically enhanced matrix material for ligament reconstruction to withstand tensile forces within the joint and enhance ligament regeneration needed to regain joint function.

Materials and Methods

A total of 18 New Zealand rabbits underwent bilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction by autograft, FiberTape, or FiberTape-augmented autograft. Primary outcomes were biomechanical assessment (n = 17), microCT (┬ÁCT) assessment (n = 12), histological evaluation (n = 12), and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis (n = 6).