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Ligament shortening: an experimental approach
Author(s): C. Thomas Vangsness; William Mitchell; Vahid Saadat; Marcel Nimni
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Paper Abstract

Joint injury often involves a stretching or loosening of the supporting ligaments. This joint laxity can be increasingly deleterious over time and may lead to osteoarthritis. Decreasing joint laxity is a clinical goal of ligament reconstructions. No study has addressed the possibility of tightening ligaments by heat. This pilot study examined the mechanical and histological effects of the shrinkage of human ligaments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2128, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184888
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C. Thomas Vangsness, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
William Mitchell, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)
Vahid Saadat, Trimedyne, Inc. (United States)
Marcel Nimni, Univ. of Southern California School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2128:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV
R. Rox Anderson; R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

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