Influence of meniscal attachments placement on articular stress deterioration

J. Yao, W. X. Niu, J. T. Cheung, Ming Zhang, Y. B. Fan

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Meniscal attachments provide constraint for meniscus and contribute to knee stability. However, the influence of attachments placement on articular mechanical environment remains unclear. The present study aims to characterize the stress deterioration caused by abnormal attachment locations. Different placement of medial meniscal attachments were analyzed with a three-dimensional (3D) finite element (FE) model of knee joint. The articular stress distribution under compressive loadings indicates that abnormal placement of medial meniscal attachments could cause stress deterioration in meniscus and tibia plateau, which may increase the risk of OA. The influence of PMMA relocation was more severe than that of AMMA. The anterior displacement of both AMMA and PMMA could decrease the tibial contact area and therefore weaken the meniscal function of loading transmission. The present study provides an insight into the biomechanical character of meniscal attachments and may help improving the meniscal transplantation in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Number of pages4
Volume39 IFMBE
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2013
EventWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering - Beijing, China
Duration: 26 May 201231 May 2012


ConferenceWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


  • attachment
  • finite element
  • knee
  • Meniscus
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering

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