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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Articles


Dr. J. Michael Bennett Has Authored a Number of Peer-Reviewed  Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Medical Articles

Dr. J. Michael Bennett has authored a number of orthopedics and sports medicine articles in peer-reviewed medical publications such as the Journal of Hand Surgery and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  In addition to participating in medical research and teaching, he attends frequent seminars in topics related to orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.  Dr. Bennett’s purpose is to be able to offer the benefits of the latest research and the most effective treatments to his patients.

Reconstruction of the Medial Collateral Ligament of the Elbow

This sports medicine article was published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.  Since Dr. Frank Jobe initially reported his first series for reconstruction of the medial collateral ligament of the elbow in 1986 (the first Tommy John procedure), many modifications have been developed to improve the strength, safety, and efficacy of the procedure. High stresses occur across the anterior bundle of the MCL during the late cocking and early acceleration phases of throwing. Reported failures for reconstruction of the MCL have included stress fractures at the ulnar bone bridge or the distal humerus tunnels. In early techniques, graft placement was not anatomic, and it could not be tensioned appropriately in surgery. Hybrid modifications have arisen to improve patient outcomes and lessen patient morbidity. We propose an alternative, hybrid technique for using small bone tunnels in the medial epicondyle and a single bioabsorbable screw in the ulna for anatomic reconstruction of both bundles of the MCL that can be tensioned before fixation.

Elbow Arthroscopy: The Basics

This orthopedics and sports medicine article was published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.  Elbow arthroscopy has become an accepted surgical option for treating numerous conditions of the elbow including septic, degenerative, or traumatic arthritis; capsular release; removal of loose bodies; synovectomy or plica excision; and chondral lesions of the capitellum. Surgical experience, knowledge of elbow anatomy, patient positioning, and portal selection and placement are important factors for successful arthroscopy and avoiding complications. This article describes the basic surgical set up and techniques for elbow arthroscopy.

Bilateral Ruptures of the Distal Biceps Brachii Tendon

This orthopedics and sports medicine article was published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics associated with bilateral ruptures of the distal biceps tendons.  The study looks at 25 patients who had sustained non-simultaneous bilateral distal biceps brachii tendon ruptures that were repaired surgically, with follow up evaluation results available on ten of these patients.  The study concluded that patients who sustain bilateral distal biceps tendon ruptures tended to be middle-aged men with higher rates of nicotine and anabolic steroid use than the general population.

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