Christopher A Kurtz

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The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the efficacy of arthroscopic superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) repair in a military population. In this study, 27 patients (of 30 consecutive patients) who had suture anchor repair of a type II SLAP lesion were evaluated at a mean of 30.5 months postoperatively. Fifteen patients had isolated(More)
We studied the effects of insulin-like growth factor I on Achilles tendon healing in a rat model. Rats were randomized into groups of six each: sham surgery, transection alone, and transection plus growth factor. Postoperatively, rats treated with growth factor had a significantly smaller maximum functional deficit and a decreased time to functional(More)
Os acromiale, the joining of the acromion to the scapular spine by fibrocartilaginous tissue rather than bone, is an anatomic variant that has been reported in approximately 8% of the population worldwide. It is more common in blacks and males than in whites and females. Although it is often an incidental finding, os acromiale has been identified as a(More)
PURPOSE To develop a scoring system to evaluate individual proficiency at diagnostic knee arthroscopy. METHODS This was a prospective blinded study. Subjects included residents in postgraduate year (PGY) 1 through PGY 5 (n = 20) and staff surgeons (n = 10). All subjects performed a diagnostic arthroscopy on a cadaveric knee. Subjects were evaluated on(More)
Reconstruction of the posterolateral corner of the knee has received increased attention in the recent literature. Basic science studies have helped us determine the 3 critical structures of the posterolateral corner: the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), the popliteus tendon, and the popliteofibular ligament. We have developed an anatomic posterolateral(More)
Knee dislocations are rare but devastating injuries. The ACL-PCL-lateral side injury combination is representative of the challenges these injuries present. Early management is focused on vascular integrity. When possible, acute repair and reconstruction within 3 weeks from injury is preferred. Chronically deficient knees generally will require lateral side(More)
One hundred seventeen randomly selected, skeletally immature, ambulatory children with spastic cerebral palsy were evaluated with clinical examination and lateral radiographs of the knee. Radiographic abnormalities within either the patella or the proximal tibia were present in 21% (41 knees) of the 193 affected knees. The most common radiographic findings(More)
Abstract The treatment of posterior cruciate ligament injuries is difficult and controversial. Reconstructive technique and graft design are 2 of the unsolved issues in posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We present a technique using a bifid bone-patellar tendon-bone allograft for reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament. This graft more(More)
Accurate tunnel placement, graft passage, and secure suture fixation are key elements in meniscus allograft transplantation. We describe the use of a femoral distractor in meniscus transplantation. Joint distraction on the side of the transplantation by the femoral distractor can dramatically improve visibility and joint access. The distractor is applied(More)
Because both the young and aging population are showing increasing interest in sports participation, the number of sports related injuries and in particular anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries have been increasing. Because of these injuries much time and energy has been focused on ACL reconstruction in order to return these individuals to their(More)