A biomechanical comparison of four reconstruction techniques for the medial collateral ligament-deficient elbow.

@article{Armstrong2005ABC,
  title={A biomechanical comparison of four reconstruction techniques for the medial collateral ligament-deficient elbow.},
  author={April Dawn Armstrong and Cynthia E. Dunning and Louis M. Ferreira and Kenneth J. Faber and James A. Johnson and Graham J. W. King},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={207-15}
}
The initial strength of the intact medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the elbow and the strength of 4 reconstruction techniques were compared. Twenty cadaveric upper extremities were mounted in a custom jig with the elbow at 90 degrees , and a pneumatic cyclic valgus loading protocol was used. The mean peak load to failure was 142.5+/-39.4 N for the intact ligaments and 53.0+/-9.5 N for the docking reconstructions, 52.5+/-10.4 N for the EndoButton reconstructions, 41.0+/-16.0 N for the… CONTINUE READING