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In this study, we hypothesized that hyaluronic acid could provide superior biological effects on the chondrocytes in a three-dimensional culture system. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the in vitro behavior of rabbit chondrocytes on a novel chitosan-based hyaluronic acid hybrid polymer fiber. The goal of the current study was to show the(More)
BACKGROUND This study was motivated by the need to better understand the tribology of the rotator cuff, as it could provide insights into degenerative processes and suggest therapeutic approaches to cuff disorders. The objective was to evaluate the distribution of a known lubricating protein in the infraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff in adult goats.(More)
BACKGROUND The distribution pattern of subchondral bone density is considered to highly reflect the stress distribution across a joint under long-term physiologic loading conditions. Therefore, the biomechanical characteristics over the elbow joint surface under long-term loading conditions of baseball pitching can be determined by a measurement of the(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the biomechanic strength and stress dispersion at the repair site of surface-holding repair techniques for rotator cuff repair compared to the double-row technique. Eighteen bovine infraspinatus tendons were repaired using 3 different repair techniques: double-row repair, surface-holding repair with(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue engineering techniques using biodegradable three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds with cultured cells offer more potential alternatives for the treatment of severe ligament and tendon injuries. In tissue engineering, one of the crucial roles of 3D scaffolds is to provide a temporary template with the biomechanical characteristics of the native(More)
BACKGROUND The current surgical procedures for irreparable rotator cuff tears have considerable limitations. Tissue engineering techniques using novel scaffold materials offer potential alternatives for managing these conditions. HYPOTHESIS A chitosan-based hyaluronan hybrid scaffold could enhance type I collagen products with seeded fibroblasts and(More)
To clarify the feasibility of using novel chitosan-based hyaluronan hybrid polymer fibers as a scaffold in ligament tissue engineering, their mechanical properties and ability to promote cellular adhesion, proliferation, and extracellular matrix production were studied in vitro. Chitosan fibers and chitosan-based 0.05% and 0.1% hyaluronan hybrid fibers were(More)
PURPOSE To clarify long-term clinical and radiological results more than 10 years after radial shortening osteotomy for Kienböck disease. METHODS Eleven wrists of 10 patients that had been classified as Lichtman stages 3A (2 wrists), 3B (8 wrists), and 4 (1 wrist) underwent radial shortening for Kienböck disease. The mean follow-up period was 14.3 years(More)
BACKGROUND Disorders of the long head of the biceps (LHB) tendon contribute to anterior shoulder pain. Although LHB tendon disorders are associated with rotator cuff disease, distinguishing between biceps and rotator cuff pathology is difficult. The objective was to identify the predictors of LHB tendon disorders associated with a supraspinatus tear. (More)
To establish medical use of tissue engineering technology for ligament and tendon injuries, a scaffold was developed which has sufficient ability for cell growth, cell differentiation, and mechanical properties. The scaffold made from chitosan and 0.1 per cent hyaluronic acid has adequate biodegradability and biocompatibility. An animal experiment showed(More)