Improving Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Repair
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation involves the tearing of several key ligaments that connect the clavicle to the scapula. This injury can result in significant pain and morbidity. Depending on the severity of the separation, a variety of non-operative and operative treatments are employed to repair the AC joint. Limited success has been achieved with current practices.
In order to increase the success of the surgery, the Olin SCOPE team was tasked with developing alternative surgical techniques and tools to those already in use. This process began with research and exploration, which included surveys of orthopedic surgeons, consultation of medical textbooks, and examination of published papers. After discovering several areas of opportunity, the team presented novel proof-of-concepts to address them. Prototypes were tested both in laboratory tests and alongside experienced surgeons to improve the concepts. The team presented their findings to Depuy Mitek for consideration of further development.
Alex Morrow, angel advisor