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Using Implanted Engineering Mechanisms to Connect Muscles and Tendons in Tendon-Transfer Surgery Improves Grasping Capability

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Ravi Balasubramanian, Katherine L. Mardula, Thane Somers

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Christopher H. Allan

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Paper No. DETC2014-35702, pp. V003T12A009; 2 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 16th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 11th International Conference on Design Education; 7th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4634-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Inspired by advances in robotic hand design, this paper investigates the development of passive, miniature differential mechanisms as implants for attaching muscles and tendons in tendon-transfer surgery. Using cadaver studies, it is shown that the implanted mechanisms lead to better hand function in grasping tasks when compared with current therapies.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Grasping , Surgery , Muscle , Tendons



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