Analytic model to predict the strength of tendon repairs.

@article{Lotz1998AnalyticMT,
  title={Analytic model to predict the strength of tendon repairs.},
  author={Jeffrey C. Lotz and Jayaram S Hariharan and Edward Diao},
  journal={Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society},
  year={1998},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={399-405}
}
We developed an analytic model to predict suture load-sharing immediately after flexor tendon repair in the hand. Tendon repair was mathematically modeled as two nonlinear springs in parallel, representing separate core and peripheral sutures that were in series with a third nonlinear spring representing the tendon. To serve as a basis for, and validation of, our analytic model, fresh human flexor digitorum profundus tendons were harvested and mechanically tested either intact or after surgical… CONTINUE READING

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