Bioresorbable plastic is key to new ACL repair technique

A bioresorbable plastic made from cornstarch is used in a newly patented technology to improve the safety and effectiveness of ligament tissue repair, specifically surgeries for torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs)--the bane of many athletes.

A newly patented technology developed by a Connecticut surgeon has been performed for the first time in a hospital in Zwolle, the Netherlands, by a team led by Dr. Kees van Egmond and supervised by Drs. Robert Arciero and Robert Stanton of the United States.

The purpose of the European clinical trial is to evaluate the safety of the L-C Ligament in 15 patients with acute ACL injuries. A larger trial in the United States and Europe is planned for 2015....

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