Biomechanical Testing of a Novel Scapholunate Ligament Reconstruction


Michelle G. Carlson, MD

Project Description

Biomechanical research will be conducted to compare our novel anatomical interference screw reconstruction of the scapholunate interosseous ligament (SLIL) to the modified Brunelli technique (MBT).  We believe that an anatomic reconstruction of the SLIL, secured with interference screws, can provide sufficient stability between the scaphoid and lunate without compromising wrist ROM.  It is hypothesized that our interference screw reconstruction technique will restore static scapholunate (SL) relationships (as measured by SL interval and SL angle) and intact wrist kinematics as well as the MBT reconstruction.  The medical student will work with the investigator during cadaver dissection of the ligaments, ligament reconstruction, and biomechanical testing of the intact and reconstructed ligaments.  The medical student may conduct literature reviews relevant to the project.  Research findings will impact surgical approaches to SLIL reconstruction.  In addition, the medial student will accompany the investigator to office hours and surgery to better understand how concepts investigated during biomechanical research may ultimately translate into practice.  

This position has been filled.