Researchers use nanotechnology to engineer ACL replacements

December 31, 2014 5:24 PM

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Researchers use nanotechnology to engineer ACL replacements

One of the most devastating knee injuries both professional and recreational athletes can endure is a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Now, a team of medical research engineers is working to craft a tri-component, synthetic graft for ACL reconstruction that may help improve post-surgery results.

The ACL is incapable of healing itself, causing surgeons to rely on autografts for reconstruction. A common method is the bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) graft, which requires the surgeon to remove part of the patellar tendon to replace the damaged ACL, according to a news release on the study. Acc...

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