Boundary conditions at the tendon-bone interface

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2005 Jan;13(1):55-9. doi: 10.1007/s00167-003-0461-9. Epub 2003 Dec 19.


The reconstruction of a tendon-bone interface, as in rotator-cuff repairs, remains a challenging surgical problem. There is however, little data to show what effect joint position or repair loading under physiological conditions have on the repaired tendon-bone interface. A change in the amount of contact area or load at the tendon-bone interface may influence healing. In this study we investigated the effect of limb position and boundary conditions on the tendon-bone interface in an in vitro rabbit tendon-bone repair model using both unlinked and linked suture repairs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Knee Joint / physiology
  • Models, Animal
  • Pressure
  • Rabbits
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Suture Techniques*
  • Tendons / physiology
  • Tendons / transplantation*
  • Tibia / physiology*
  • Tibia / surgery*
  • Weight-Bearing / physiology*