Anterior cruciate ligament rupture after thermal treatment in a canine model.

  title={Anterior cruciate ligament rupture after thermal treatment in a canine model.},
  author={Mandi J Lopez and Mark D. Markel},
  journal={The American journal of sports medicine},
  volume={31 2},
BACKGROUND The use of radiofrequency energy to treat damaged anterior cruciate ligaments is gaining popularity. However, complete rupture of the ligament after treatment has been reported. PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of thermal energy applied arthroscopically to normal, intact anterior cruciate ligaments in mature dogs. STUDY DESIGN Controlled laboratory study. METHODS Monopolar radiofrequency energy was applied to the normal anterior cruciate ligament of 1 knee in 18 dogs. The… CONTINUE READING

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