An abstract submitted to the American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Annual Leadership Meeting received the top poster award in the category of Shoulder and Elbow.
The abstract titled “Biomechanical Assessment of Lateral Ulnar Collateral Ligament (LUCL) Repair and Reconstruction With or Without Internal Brace Augmentation” presents research led by Matthew Smith, MD and includes the following resident and faculty coauthors: Craig Melbourne, MD; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD; Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD; and Christopher Loftis, MD. The winning poster will be highlighted on the electronic poster displays as one of the Top Poster Awards and will be recognized throughout the meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, June 9-13, 2020.
The study aimed to test the hypothesis that augmentation of LUCL repair or palmaris longus tendon reconstruction using a suture tape augmentation would be associated with less rotational displacement and greater torque load to failure compared to non-augmented constructs. The team’s results show that augmentation of LUCL repair or tendon reconstruction using suture tape is associated with better resistance to rotational loads compared to non-augmented repair or reconstruction, while maintaining near-native rotational stiffness.