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Substitute Meniscus of Teflon-net for the Knee Joint of Dogs

Toyonaga, Toshihiro; Uezaki, Norio; Chikama, Hideaki

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: October 1983 - Volume 179 - Issue - p 291–297
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Investigations conducted in 20 joints of 17 dogs suggest that a Teflon-net substitute meniscus preserves knee joint functions more effectively than a regenerated or absent meniscus. Teflon-net is an ideal material for meniscal replacement because it is easily obtainable, has flexibility and histo-compatibility, and is rapidly infiltrated with cells. A comparative study should be undertaken of knee joint functions with the substitute meniscus and the remains of the meniscus after partial meniscectomy before clinical use of the Teflon-net is feasible. The adhesion between the substitute meniscus and the popliteal muscle also requires further laboratory investigation.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

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