Can tape–screw fixation of a quadrupled semitendinosus graft in a full-length tibial tunnel provide superior fixation compared with a doubled semitendinosus–gracilis held with an interference screw?

A matched-pair cadaveric biomechanical comparison

Christopher J. Vertullo*, Joseph Cadman, Dané Dabirrahmani, Richard Appleyard

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Abstract

Background: In anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, quadrupled semitendinosus (Quad ST) grafts have potential advantages over doubled semitendinosus–gracilis (ST/G) including larger diameter and gracilis preservation, however the ideal tibial fixation method of the resultant shorter Quad ST graft remains elusive if a fixed-loop suspensory fixation device is used on the femur. We investigated whether the tibial fixation biomechanical properties of a Quad ST fixed indirectly with polyethylene terephthalate tape tied over a screw in a full outside-in created tunnel was superior to a ST/G graft fixed with an interference screw. Materials and methods: In a controlled laboratory study, six cadaveric matched pairs of each construct were subjected to cyclic loading to mimic physiologic loading during rehabilitation. This included preconditioning cycling, cyclic loading to 220 N for 500 cycles, then cyclic loading to 500 N for 500 cycles. Results: High standard deviations across the measured parameters occurred with no significant difference between measured parameters of elongation for the different constructs. Elongation of the Quad-ST construct was greater at 10 and 100 cycles, but not statistically different. Four of the six Quad-ST constructs failed below 100 cycles, compared with two failures below 100 cycles in the ST/G construct. There was a strong correlation between cycles to failure and bone mineral density for the Quad ST-tape constructs. Conclusions: Tibial fixation of Quad ST with a tied tape–screw construct in a full-length tunnel was not biomechanically superior to ST/G graft fixed with an interference screw, exhibited greater nonsignificant construct elongation with earlier failure, and was more reliant on bone mineral density. Level of evidence: In vitro laboratory study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Biomechanical testing
  • Quadrupled semitendinosus graft

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