Research in Engineering and Aviation

Surgical apparatus for determining ligament and tendon tension

November 9, 1999

Author(s): Korakianitis, T., Engsberg, J., and Crawford, D.E.

Patent No. 5,980,473


Apparatus for applying a tensile force to a band of fibrous tissue of a patient. The apparatus includes a base for supporting the apparatus against a patient and a tensioning element moveably mounted on the base. The tensioning element is adapted for connection to a first end of the band of fibrous tissue of the patient so that movement of the element relative to the base moves the first end of the band relative to a second end of the band opposite the first end thereby to stretch the band and develop a tensile force in it. The tensile force developed in the band of fibrous tissue is a function of the movement of the tensioning element relative to the base.