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Effects of Sterilization Techniques and Culture Time on the Creep of Collagenous Ligament Analogues

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Darryl A. Dickerson, Kay C. Dee, Glen A. Livesay

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32499, pp. 63-64; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2002-32499
From:
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

Every year, approximately 200,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur in the United States; of these cases, 60,000–75,000 patients undergo ACL reconstruction [1]. The ACL plays a critical role in knee stability; however, it possesses little inherent capacity for healing. Although reconstruction is often used in active patients, issues such as donor site morbidity and long term joint stability have motivated interest in tissue-engineered ligament analogues.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME

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