coaptation

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coaptation

(ˌkəʊæpˈteɪʃən)
n
(Medicine) the joining or reuniting of two surfaces, esp the ends of a broken bone or the edges of a wound
[C16: from Late Latin coaptātiō a meticulous joining together, from Latin co- together + aptāre to fit]
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End-to-end nerve coaptations (synonym: direct coaptation) and nerve grafting have been used preferentially to repair severed nerves for a long time now.
(I) To summarize and compare the outcome of digital nerve reconstruction with different techniques including end-to-end and end-to-side coaptations, nerve grafts, artificial conduit-, vein-, muscle, and muscle-in-vein-reconstructions.
Thus, two-point discrimination (2PD) created the basis for comparison of different therapies, including end-to-end and end-to-side coaptations, nerve grafts, artificial conduit-, vein-, muscle, and muscle-in-vein-reconstructions.
Within the S3+ Highet classification, significantly higher sensory recovery rates could be identified for end-to-side coaptations compared to end-to-end coaptations or nerve grafting.