The Monday Memo
November 10, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“A New Twist on ACL Injuries“
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair, as it has been known for decades, may be taking steps towards a new approach thanks to a “sponge.” Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have obtained approval from the FDA to test a new form of ACLR, which involves the use of sponge “scaffold” rather than autografts, allografts, or any bony remodeling.
In the procedure, the sponge is inserted between the two severed ends of the ACL and filled with the patient’s own blood to help compensate for the poor vascularization of the ligament. The sponge is left between the ends of the ligament, and subsequently replaced with progressively smaller sponges until there is union. The idea is to mimic ligament repair that is seen in superficial MCL’s that can repair themselves thanks to their greater blood supply.
Rehabilitation for the procedure will most likely resemble that of traditional ACLR’s, but with the decreased risk of degenerative arthritis years later.
Find out more in the Boston Globe’s article: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2014/11/08/the-future-treating-acl-tears-cutting-surgery/H56nklXNhAXoEptwVay2vN/story.html
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– Michael Turnwald
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