Mechanical Behavior of a Porous, Sub-total Meniscus Implant Based on Poly(trimethylene carbonate)

Bas Van Bochove, Tony Van Tienen, Pawel Tomaszewski, Gerjon Hannink, Nico Verdonschot, Pieter Buma & Dirk W Grijpma
Meniscus tears often occur in the avascular inner part of the meniscus and therefore do not heal spontaneously. Current treatments such as meniscectomy and the implantation of allografts are insufficient. In this study we prepared a designed, sub-total, porous meniscus implant from functionalized poly(trimethylene carbonate) by stereolithography, and investigated its mechanical behavior in a human cadaveric knee. The sub-total meniscus implant was sutured to the peripheral rim of the meniscus and placed in the medial...
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