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Effect of suture size on locking and grasping flexor tendon repair techniques.

Authors
  • Hatanaka, H
  • Manske, P R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical orthopaedics and related research
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2000
Issue
375
Pages
267–274
Identifiers
PMID: 10853178
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An experimental study was performed using human cadaver flexor tendons to investigate the effect of locking and grasping loop techniques on the tensile properties of repaired flexor tendons, which closely resemble the clinical model. Statistically significant improvement was observed only with the locking loop technique for ultimate and gap strength values using 2-0 core suture and ultimate strength values using 3-0 core suture. There was no statistically significant increase in tensile strength values using 4-0 core suture material. A heavier core suture used with the locking loop technique provided greater ultimate and gap strength of a repaired tendon than when used with the grasping loop technique.

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