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  1. Bone resorption around pedicle screws after pedicle screw plate fixation

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    To determine the frequency, level, distribution, onset, and pattern of progression of bone resorption that occurring around pedicle screws after pedicle screw plate fixation. Bone resorption around 902 pedicle screws was analyzed in post-operative, and follow-up radiographs obtained from 156 patients who underwent pedicle screw plate fixation. To determine the resorption degree, categorized arbitrarily as grade 1 (less than 1 mm), grade 2 (1mm or more, but less than 2 mm), or grade 3 (2mm or more), the width of radiolucent zones was measured. In 39 patients in whom resorption was graded 1, 2 or 3, the pattern of progression of 78 screws was evaluated. Resorption occurred around 78 (8.6%) screws in 39 (25%) patients, 26 of whom had more than on lesion. For 99% of screws, there was evidance of resorption within 12 weeks of pedicle screw plate fixation. During follow-up, 61.5% of screws (48/78) remained stable, while 38.5% (30 screws) showed progression to higher grades. The possibility of progression to a higher grade is less when the initial grade is lower. An understanding of the radiographic patterns of bone resorption is useful for monitoring a patient after pedicle screw plate fixation

  2. Use of polymethylmethacrylate to enhance screw fixation in bone.

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    Cameron, H U; Jacob, R; Macnab, I; Pilliar, R M

    1975-07-01

    Pull-out testing of screws inserted into cement and bone under various conditions showed that the cement-screw complex was significantly stronger when the screw was placed in soft cement and the cement was allowed to polymerize without further manipulation. When screw fixation in osteoporotic bone was reinforced with cement, the bone was the weakest component in the system. Fixation under these conditions should be enhanced by increasing the area of contact between the cement and bone. By cooling the cement to prolong its working time, it could be injected with a syringe in such a way that maximum endosteal and periosteal contact was provided. PMID:1150708

  3. Salvaging the Pullout Strength of Stripped Screws in Osteoporotic Bone

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    Pechon, Pierre H. M.; Mears, Simon C.; Langdale, Evan R.; Belkoff, Stephen M.

    2013-01-01

    Our goal was to determine whether the pullout strength of stripped screw holes in osteoporotic bone could be increased with readily available materials from the operating room. We inserted 3.5-mm stainless steel nonlocking self-tapping cortical screws bicortically into 5 osteoporotic humeri. Each screw was first stripped by rotating it 1 full turn past maximum torque. In the control group, the screw was pulled out using an MTS machine (858; MTS Inc, Eden Prairie, Minnesota). In the treatment ...

  4. Experimental determination of bone cortex holding power of orthopedic screw

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    Bolliger Neto Raul

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Cylindrical specimens of bone measuring 15 mm in diameter were obtained from the lateral cortical layer of 10 pairs of femurs and tibias. A central hole 3.2 mm in diameter was drilled in each specimen. The hole was tapped, and a 4.5 mm cortical bone screw was inserted from the outer surface. The montage was submitted to push-out testing up to a complete strip of the bone threads. The cortical thickness and rupture load were measured, and the shear stress was calculated. The results were grouped according to the bone segment from which the specimen was obtained. The results showed that bone cortex screw holding power is dependent on the bone site. Additionally, the diaphyseal cortical bone tissue is both quantitatively and qualitatively more resistant to screw extraction than the metaphyseal tissue.

  5. Inadvertent Screw Stripping During Ankle Fracture Fixation in Elderly Bone

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    Dinah, A. Feroz; Mears, Simon C.; Knight, Trevor A.; Soin, Sandeep P.; Campbell, John T.; Belkoff, Stephen M.

    2011-01-01

    Poor screw purchase because of osteoporosis presents difficulties in ankle fracture fixation. The aim of our study was to determine if cortical thickness, unicortical versus bicortical purchase, and bone mineral density are predictors of inadvertent screw stripping and overtightening. Ten paired cadaver ankles (average donor age, 81.7 years; range, 50-97 years) were used for the study. Computed tomography scanning with phantoms of known density was used to determine the bone density along the...

  6. Repair of microdamage in osteonal cortical bone adjacent to bone screw.

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    Lei Wang

    Full Text Available Up to date, little is known about the repair mode of microdamage in osteonal cortical bone resulting from bone screw implantation. In this study, self-tapping titanium cortical bone screws were inserted into the tibial diaphyses of 24 adult male rabbits. The animals were sacrificed at 1 day, 2 weeks, 1 month and 2 months after surgery. Histomorphometric measurement and confocal microscopy were performed on basic fuchsin stained bone sections to examine the morphological characteristics of microdamage, bone resorption activity and spatial relationship between microdamage and bone resorption. Diffuse and linear cracks were coexisted in peri-screw bone. Intracortical bone resorption was significantly increased 2 weeks after screw installation and reach to the maximum at 1 month. There was no significant difference in bone resorption between 1-month and 2-months groups. Microdamage was significantly decreased within 1 month after surgery. Bone resorption was predisposed to occur in the region of <100 µm from the bone-screw interface, where had extensive diffuse damage mixed with linear cracks. Different patterns of resorption cavities appeared in peri-screw bone. These data suggest that 1 the complex microdamage composed of diffuse damage and linear cracks is a strong stimulator for initiating targeted bone remodeling; 2 bone resorption activities taking place on the surfaces of differently oriented Haversian and Volkmann canals work in a team for the repair of extensive microdamage; 3 targeted bone remodeling is a short-term reaction to microdamage and thereby it may not be able to remove all microdamage resulting from bone screw insertion.

  7. Screw insertion in trabecular bone causes peri-implant bone damage.

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    Steiner, Juri A; Ferguson, Stephen J; van Lenthe, G Harry

    2016-04-01

    Secure fracture fixation is still a major challenge in orthopedic surgery, especially in osteoporotic bone. While numerous studies have investigated the effect of implant loading on the peri-implant bone after screw insertion, less focus has been put on bone damage that may occur due to the screw insertion process itself. Therefore, the aim of this study was to localize and quantify peri-implant bone damage caused by screw insertion. We used non-invasive three-dimensional micro-computed tomography to scan twenty human femoral bone cores before and after screw insertion. After image registration of the pre- and post-insertion scans, changes in the bone micro-architecture were identified and quantified. This procedure was performed for screws with a small thread size of 0.3mm (STS, N=10) and large thread size of 0.6mm (LTS, N=10). Most bone damage occurred within a 0.3mm radial distance of the screws. Further bone damage was observed up to 0.6mm and 0.9mm radial distance from the screw, for the STS and LTS groups, respectively. While a similar amount of bone damage was found within a 0.3mm radial distance for the two screw groups, there was significantly more bone damage for the LTS group than the STS group in volumes of interest between 0.3-0.6mm and 0.6-0.9mm. In conclusion, this is the first study to localize and quantify peri-implant bone damage caused by screw insertion based on a non-invasive, three-dimensional, micro-CT imaging technique. We demonstrated that peri-implant bone damage already occurs during screw insertion. This should be taken into consideration to further improve primary implant stability, especially in low quality osteoporotic bone. We believe that this technique could be a promising method to assess more systematically the effect of peri-implant bone damage on primary implant stability. Furthermore, including peri-implant bone damage due to screw insertion into patient-specific in silico models of implant-bone systems could improve the

  8. Comparison of headless screws used in the treatment of proximal nonunion of scaphoid bone

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    Gereli, Arel; Nalbantoglu, Ufuk; Sener, Ismail Ugur; Kocaoglu, Barıs; Turkmen, Metin

    2010-01-01

    Screws with different levels of compression force are available for scaphoid fixation and it is known that the Acutrak screw generates greater compression than the Herbert screw. We retrospectively compared two types of headless compression screw for their effectiveness in the repair of scaphoid nonunion. Twenty-nine cases of proximal scaphoid nonunion were surgically treated with non-vascularised bone graft: the Acutrak screw was used in 17 patients and the cannulated Herbert screw in 12 pat...

  9. Development and Testing of X-Ray Imaging-Enhanced Poly-L-Lactide Bone Screws.

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    Chang, Wei-Jen; Pan, Yu-Hwa; Tzeng, Jy-Jiunn; Wu, Ting-Lin; Fong, Tsorng-Harn; Feng, Sheng-Wei; Huang, Haw-Ming

    2015-01-01

    Nanosized iron oxide particles exhibit osteogenic and radiopaque properties. Thus, iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles were incorporated into a biodegradable polymer (poly-L-lactic acid, PLLA) to fabricate a composite bone screw. This multifunctional, 3D printable bone screw was detectable on X-ray examination. In this study, mechanical tests including three-point bending and ultimate tensile strength were conducted to evaluate the optimal ratio of iron oxide nanoparticles in the PLLA composite. Both injection molding and 3D printing techniques were used to fabricate the PLLA bone screws with and without the iron oxide nanoparticles. The fabricated screws were implanted into the femoral condyles of New Zealand White rabbits. Bone blocks containing the PLLA screws were resected 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Histologic examination of the surrounding bone and the radiopacity of the iron-oxide-containing PLLA screws were evaluated. Our results indicated that addition of iron oxide nanoparticles at 30% significantly decreased the ultimate tensile stress properties of the PLLA screws. The screws with 20% iron oxide exhibited strong radiopacity compared to the screws fabricated without the iron oxide nanoparticles. Four weeks after surgery, the average bone volume of the iron oxide PLLA composite screws was significantly greater than that of PLLA screws without iron oxide. These findings suggested that biodegradable and X-ray detectable PLLA bone screws can be produced by incorporation of 20% iron oxide nanoparticles. Furthermore, these screws had significantly greater osteogenic capability than the PLLA screws without iron oxide. PMID:26466309

  10. Development and Testing of X-Ray Imaging-Enhanced Poly-L-Lactide Bone Screws.

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    Wei-Jen Chang

    Full Text Available Nanosized iron oxide particles exhibit osteogenic and radiopaque properties. Thus, iron oxide (Fe3O4 nanoparticles were incorporated into a biodegradable polymer (poly-L-lactic acid, PLLA to fabricate a composite bone screw. This multifunctional, 3D printable bone screw was detectable on X-ray examination. In this study, mechanical tests including three-point bending and ultimate tensile strength were conducted to evaluate the optimal ratio of iron oxide nanoparticles in the PLLA composite. Both injection molding and 3D printing techniques were used to fabricate the PLLA bone screws with and without the iron oxide nanoparticles. The fabricated screws were implanted into the femoral condyles of New Zealand White rabbits. Bone blocks containing the PLLA screws were resected 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Histologic examination of the surrounding bone and the radiopacity of the iron-oxide-containing PLLA screws were evaluated. Our results indicated that addition of iron oxide nanoparticles at 30% significantly decreased the ultimate tensile stress properties of the PLLA screws. The screws with 20% iron oxide exhibited strong radiopacity compared to the screws fabricated without the iron oxide nanoparticles. Four weeks after surgery, the average bone volume of the iron oxide PLLA composite screws was significantly greater than that of PLLA screws without iron oxide. These findings suggested that biodegradable and X-ray detectable PLLA bone screws can be produced by incorporation of 20% iron oxide nanoparticles. Furthermore, these screws had significantly greater osteogenic capability than the PLLA screws without iron oxide.

  11. Finite element analysis of osteosynthesis screw fixation in the bone stock: an appropriate method for automatic screw modelling.

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    Wieding, Jan; Souffrant, Robert; Fritsche, Andreas; Mittelmeier, Wolfram; Bader, Rainer

    2012-01-01

    The use of finite element analysis (FEA) has grown to a more and more important method in the field of biomedical engineering and biomechanics. Although increased computational performance allows new ways to generate more complex biomechanical models, in the area of orthopaedic surgery, solid modelling of screws and drill holes represent a limitation of their use for individual cases and an increase of computational costs. To cope with these requirements, different methods for numerical screw modelling have therefore been investigated to improve its application diversity. Exemplarily, fixation was performed for stabilization of a large segmental femoral bone defect by an osteosynthesis plate. Three different numerical modelling techniques for implant fixation were used in this study, i.e. without screw modelling, screws as solid elements as well as screws as structural elements. The latter one offers the possibility to implement automatically generated screws with variable geometry on arbitrary FE models. Structural screws were parametrically generated by a Python script for the automatic generation in the FE-software Abaqus/CAE on both a tetrahedral and a hexahedral meshed femur. Accuracy of the FE models was confirmed by experimental testing using a composite femur with a segmental defect and an identical osteosynthesis plate for primary stabilisation with titanium screws. Both deflection of the femoral head and the gap alteration were measured with an optical measuring system with an accuracy of approximately 3 µm. For both screw modelling techniques a sufficient correlation of approximately 95% between numerical and experimental analysis was found. Furthermore, using structural elements for screw modelling the computational time could be reduced by 85% using hexahedral elements instead of tetrahedral elements for femur meshing. The automatically generated screw modelling offers a realistic simulation of the osteosynthesis fixation with screws in the adjacent

  12. Finite element analysis of osteosynthesis screw fixation in the bone stock: an appropriate method for automatic screw modelling.

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    Jan Wieding

    Full Text Available The use of finite element analysis (FEA has grown to a more and more important method in the field of biomedical engineering and biomechanics. Although increased computational performance allows new ways to generate more complex biomechanical models, in the area of orthopaedic surgery, solid modelling of screws and drill holes represent a limitation of their use for individual cases and an increase of computational costs. To cope with these requirements, different methods for numerical screw modelling have therefore been investigated to improve its application diversity. Exemplarily, fixation was performed for stabilization of a large segmental femoral bone defect by an osteosynthesis plate. Three different numerical modelling techniques for implant fixation were used in this study, i.e. without screw modelling, screws as solid elements as well as screws as structural elements. The latter one offers the possibility to implement automatically generated screws with variable geometry on arbitrary FE models. Structural screws were parametrically generated by a Python script for the automatic generation in the FE-software Abaqus/CAE on both a tetrahedral and a hexahedral meshed femur. Accuracy of the FE models was confirmed by experimental testing using a composite femur with a segmental defect and an identical osteosynthesis plate for primary stabilisation with titanium screws. Both deflection of the femoral head and the gap alteration were measured with an optical measuring system with an accuracy of approximately 3 µm. For both screw modelling techniques a sufficient correlation of approximately 95% between numerical and experimental analysis was found. Furthermore, using structural elements for screw modelling the computational time could be reduced by 85% using hexahedral elements instead of tetrahedral elements for femur meshing. The automatically generated screw modelling offers a realistic simulation of the osteosynthesis fixation with

  13. Torsional stability of interference screws derived from bovine bone - a biomechanical study

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    Schmitt Jan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In the present biomechanical study, the torsional stability of different interference screws, made of bovine bone, was tested. Interference screws derived from bovine bone are a possible biological alternative to conventional metallic or bioabsorbable polymer interference screws. Methods In the first part of the study we compared the torsional stability of self-made 8 mm Interference screws (BC and a commercial 8 mm interference screw (Tutofix®. Furthermore, we compared the torsional strength of BC screws with different diameters. For screwing in, a hexagon head and an octagon head were tested. Maximum breaking torques in polymethyl methacrylate resin were recorded by means of an electronic torque screw driver. In the second part of the study the tibial part of a bone-patellar tendon-bone graft was fixed in porcine test specimens using an 8 mm BC screw and the maximum insertion torques were recorded. Each interference screw type was tested 5 times. Results There was no statistically significant difference between the different 8 mm interference screws (p = 0.121. Pairwise comparisons did not reveal statistically significant differences, either. It was demonstrated for the BC screws, that a larger screw diameter significantly leads to higher torsional stability (p = 9.779 × 10-5. Pairwise comparisons showed a significantly lower torsional stability for the 7 mm BC screw than for the 8 mm BC screw (p = 0.0079 and the 9 mm BC screw (p = 0.0079. Statistically significant differences between the 8 mm and the 9 mm BC screw could not be found (p = 0.15. During screwing into the tibial graft channel of the porcine specimens, insertion torques between 0.5 Nm and 3.2 Nm were recorded. In one case the hexagon head of a BC screw broke off during the last turn. Conclusions The BC screws show comparable torsional stability to Tutofix® interference screws. As expected the torsional strength of the screws increases significantly with the

  14. Treatment of posttraumatic midshaft clavicular pseudarthrosis with the Herbert cannulated bone screw and autologous bone grafting. A case report.

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    Proubasta, I R; Itarte, J P; De Frutos, A G; Cáceres, E P

    1999-01-01

    Pseudarthrosis of the midshaft of the clavicle can be treated successfully using the Herbert cannulated bone screw with no need for a second operation to remove the implant after bone union. PMID:10711373

  15. Influence of Screw Length and Bone Thickness on the Stability of Temporary Implants

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    Daniel Jogaib Fernandes; Carlos Nelson Elias; Antônio Carlos de Oliveira Ruellas

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to study the influence of screw length and bone thickness on the stability of temporary implants. A total of 96 self-drilling temporary screws with two different lengths were inserted into polyurethane blocks (n = 66), bovine femurs (n = 18) and rabbit tibia (n = 12) with different cortical thicknesses (1 to 8 mm). Screws insertion in polyurethane blocks was assisted by a universal testing machine, torque peaks were collected by a digital torquemeter and bone thi...

  16. Hollow-Bone-Graft Dynamic Hip Screw Can Fix and Promote Bone Union after Femoral Neck Fracture: an Experimental Research

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    SHEN, Jia-zuo; YAO, Jian-fei; LIN, Da-sheng; Lian, Ke-jian; Ding, Zhen-qi; Lin, Bin; GUO, Zhi-min; Zhang, Ming-Hua; Li, Qiang; LI, Lin; Qi, Peng

    2012-01-01

    Background: Delayed bone union, nonunion or osteonecrosis often occur after femoral neck fractures in young adults. Secondary bone healing requires strong internal fixation, intramedullary pressure reduction and early functional exercise. Objective: To compare bone healing of femoral neck fractures treated with hollow-bone-graft dynamic hip screws (Hb-DHS) and standard dynamic hip screws (DHS) in an animal model. Design: Testing of specifically designed fixation devices in a pig animal model....

  17. Hollow-Bone-Graft Dynamic Hip Screw Can Fix and Promote Bone Union after Femoral Neck Fracture: an Experimental Research

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    Jia-zuo SHEN, Jian-fei YAO, Da-sheng LIN, Ke-jian LIAN, Zhen-qi DING, Bin LIN, Zhi-min GUO, Ming-hua ZHANG, Qiang LI, Lin LI, Peng QI

    2012-01-01

    Background: Delayed bone union, nonunion or osteonecrosis often occur after femoral neck fractures in young adults. Secondary bone healing requires strong internal fixation, intramedullary pressure reduction and early functional exercise.Objective: To compare bone healing of femoral neck fractures treated with hollow-bone-graft dynamic hip screws (Hb-DHS) and standard dynamic hip screws (DHS) in an animal model.Design: Testing of specifically designed fixation devices in a pig animal model.In...

  18. Unilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation with Bone Graft vs. Bilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation with Bone Graft or Cage: A Comparative Study.

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    Yang, Si-Dong; Chen, Qian; Ding, Wen-Yuan; Zhao, Jian-Qiang; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Shen, Yong; Yang, Da-Long

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore the clinical efficacy of unilateral pedicle screw fixation with bone graft (UPSFB) in treating single-segment lumbar degenerative diseases (LDD), as compared to bilateral pedicle screw fixation with bone graft (BPSFB) or with cage (BPSFC). MATERIAL AND METHODS Medical records were retrospectively collected between 01/2010 and 02/2015 in Longyao County Hospital. According to surgical methods used, all patients were divided into 3 groups: UPSFB group, BPSFB group, and BPSFC group. Clinical outcomes were evaluated by blood loss, blood transfusion, duration of operation, hospital stay, postoperative complications, interbody fusion rate, reoperation rate, medical expenses, patient satisfaction survey, and JOA score. RESULTS Ninety-five patients were included and underwent 2.5-year follow-up, with 7 patients lost to regular follow-up. As compared to the BPSFB group and BPSFC group, the UPSFB group had less blood loss and less blood transfusion, as well as shorter hospital stay (pfusion rate, reoperation rate, JOA score, and patient satisfaction (all p>0.05). CONCLUSIONS As compared to BPSFB and BPSFC, UPSFB has the same reliability and effectiveness in treating single-segment LDD with unilateral radicular symptoms in a single lower extremity, with the additional advantage being less expensive. PMID:26988532

  19. Unilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation with Bone Graft vs. Bilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation with Bone Graft or Cage: A Comparative Study

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    Yang, Si-Dong; Chen, Qian; Ding, Wen-Yuan; Zhao, Jian-Qiang; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Shen, Yong; Yang, Da-Long

    2016-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to explore the clinical efficacy of unilateral pedicle screw fixation with bone graft (UPSFB) in treating single-segment lumbar degenerative diseases (LDD), as compared to bilateral pedicle screw fixation with bone graft (BPSFB) or with cage (BPSFC). Material/Methods Medical records were retrospectively collected between 01/2010 and 02/2015 in Longyao County Hospital. According to surgical methods used, all patients were divided into 3 groups: UPSFB group, BPSFB group, and BPSFC group. Clinical outcomes were evaluated by blood loss, blood transfusion, duration of operation, hospital stay, postoperative complications, interbody fusion rate, reoperation rate, medical expenses, patient satisfaction survey, and JOA score. Results Ninety-five patients were included and underwent 2.5-year follow-up, with 7 patients lost to regular follow-up. As compared to the BPSFB group and BPSFC group, the UPSFB group had less blood loss and less blood transfusion, as well as shorter hospital stay (p0.05). Conclusions As compared to BPSFB and BPSFC, UPSFB has the same reliability and effectiveness in treating single-segment LDD with unilateral radicular symptoms in a single lower extremity, with the additional advantage being less expensive. PMID:26988532

  20. Effects of bone materials on the screw pull-out strength in human spine.

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    Zhang, Qing Hang; Tan, Soon Huat; Chou, Siaw Meng

    2006-10-01

    A three-dimensional finite element model simulating the threaded connections including detailed helix curve for the bone and surgical screw was constructed. Validation of the FE model was conducted by comparing the predicted screw pull-out strength in different foam materials against experimental study. The FE model was then further analyzed to investigate the interaction of bone material and purchase length on the screw pull-out strength. The results show that failure of the connection was due to bone shearing which occurred along a cylindrical surface determined by the outer perimeter of the screw. The cortical shell resists around 50% of the pull-out strength for a screw of 4mm in major diameter and 22 mm in length. The effects of purchase length on the pull-out strength were different for different bone material. It is the bone material that determines the stability of the inserted surgical screw. The significance of the purchase length on the pull-out strength of cortical screw will be much lower than that in cancellous bone screw. PMID:16414303

  1. Biomechanical and finite element analyses of bone cement-Injectable cannulated pedicle screw fixation in osteoporotic bone.

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    Liu, Yaoyao; Xu, Jianzhong; Sun, Dong; Luo, Fei; Zhang, Zehua; Dai, Fei

    2016-07-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate the safety and biomechanical stability of a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)-augmented bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screw (CICPS) in cancellous bone model, and to analyze the stress distribution at the screw-cement-bone interface. The OMEGA cannulated pedicle screw (OPS) and conventional pedicle screw (CPS) were used as control groups. Safety of the CICPS was evaluated by the static bending and bending fatigue tests. Biomechanical stability was analyzed by the maximum axial pullout strength and maximum torque tests. Stress distribution at the screw-cement-bone interface was analyzed by the finite element (FE) method. The CICPS and CPS produced statistically similar values for bending stiffness, bending structural stiffness, and bending yield moment. The maximum pullout force was 53.47 ± 8.65 N in CPS group, compared to 130.82 ± 7.32 N and 175.45 ± 43.01 N in the PMMA-augmented OPS and CICPS groups, respectively (p screw-cement-bone interface in the CICPS group. In conclusion, PMMA-augmentation with CICPS may be a potentially useful method to increase the stability of pedicle screws in patients with osteoporosis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 960-967, 2016. PMID:25976272

  2. A study of the bone healing kinetics of plateau versus screw root design titanium dental implants.

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    Leonard, Gary

    2009-03-01

    This study was designed to compare the bone healing process around plateau root from (PRF) and screw root from (SRF) titanium dental implants over the immediate 12 week healing period post implant placement.

  3. Rotational Stability of Scaphoid Osteosyntheses: An In Vitro Comparison of Small Fragment Cannulated Screws to Novel Bone Screw Sets

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    Erhart, Jochen; Unger, Ewald; Schefzig, Philip; Varga, Peter; Trulson, Inga; Gormasz, Anna; Trulson, Alexander; Reschl, Martin; Hagmann, Michael; Vecsei, Vilmos; Mayr, Winfried

    2016-01-01

    Background The current standard of care for operative repair of scaphoid fractures involves reduction and internal fixation with a single headless compression screw. However, a compression screw in isolation does not necessarily control rotational stability at a fracture or nonunion site. The single screw provides rotational control through friction and bone interdigitation from compression at the fracture site. We hypothesize that osteosyntheses with novel bone screw sets (BSS) equipped with anti-rotational elements provide improved rotational stability. Methods Stability of osteosynthesis under increasing cyclic torsional loading was investigated on osteotomized cadaveric scaphoids. Two novel prototype BSS, oblique type (BSS-obl.) and longitudinal type (BSS-long.) were compared to three conventional screws: Acutrak2®mini, HCS®3.0 and Twinfix®. Biomechanical tests were performed on scaphoids from single donors in paired comparison and analyzed by balanced incomplete random block design. Loading was increased by 50 mNm increments with 1,000 cycles per torque level and repeated until a rotational clearance of 10°. Primary outcome measure was the number of cycles to 10° clearance, secondary outcome measure was the maximum rotational clearance for each torque level. Findings BSS-obl. performed significantly better than Acutrak2®mini and HCS® (p = 0.015, p<0.0001). BSS-long. performed significantly better than HCS® (p = 0.010). No significant difference in performance between BSS-obl. and BSS-long. (p = 0.361), between BSS obl. and Twinfix® (p = 0.50) and BSS long. and Twinfix® (p = 0.667) was detected. Within the torque range up to 200 mNm, four of 21 (19%) BSS-long. and four of 21 (19%) BSS-obl. preparations showed early failure. The same loading led to early failure in four (29%) Twinfix®, seven (50%) Acutrak2®mini and 10 (71%) HCS® of 14 screw samples, respectively. Conclusions For both BSS and to a lesser extent for Twinfix® (as dual-component screw

  4. Bone properties of the humeral head and resistance to screw cutout

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    Frich, L. H.; Jensen, N. C.

    2014-01-01

    Surgical treatment of fractures involving the proximal humeral head is hampered by complications. Screw cutout is the major pitfall seen in connection with rigid plating. We have exploited a bony explanation for this phenomenon. Materials and Methods: We examined the convex surface of the humeral...... anisotropy was also found. We found in particular a lower bone strength and density in the posterior and inferior regions of the humeral head. A rapid decline in bone strength within a few mm below a relatively thin subchondral plate was also reported. Clinical Relevance: We have in this paper explored some...... of the most important factors connected with screw stability at the cancellous bone level. We discovered large variations in bone density and bone strength across the joint surface rendering certain areas of the humeral head less suitable for screw placement. The use of rigid plate constructs with...

  5. Improved Bone Formation in Osteoporotic Rabbits with the Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (rhBMP-2) Coated Titanium Screws Which Were Coated By Using Plasma Polymerization Technique

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    Salih Gulsen; Dilek Cokeliler; Hilal Goktas; Aysu Kucukturhan; Bilgehan Ozcil; Hakan Caner

    2014-01-01

    Delaying of bone fusion in osteoporotic patients underwent spinal stabilization surgery leads to screw loosening, and this causes pseudoarticulation, mobility and fibrosis at vertebral segments. To prevent these complications, the screws coated with recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) could be used. To verify this hypothesis, we coated 5 Titanium screws with rhBMP-2 using plasma polymerization method, and also used 10 uncoated screws for making comparison between coated and unc...

  6. Implicit modeling of screw threads for efficient finite element analysis of complex bone-implant systems.

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    Inzana, Jason A; Varga, Peter; Windolf, Markus

    2016-06-14

    Finite element analysis is commonly used to assist in the development and evaluation of orthopedic devices. The physics of these models are simplified through approximations that enable more efficient simulations, without compromising the accuracy of the relative comparisons between implant designs or configurations. This study developed and evaluated a technique to approximate the behavior of a finely threaded screw using a smooth cylinder with the threads implicitly represented through interfacial contact conditions. This pseudo-threaded model was calibrated by comparing to simulations that explicitly modeled the thread geometry with frictional contact. A parametric analysis was performed with a single screw-in-bone system, five loading directions, and three Young׳s moduli that span the range of cancellous bone (200, 600, and 1,000MPa). Considering that screw cut-out from cancellous bone is a critical clinical issue in the osteoporotic proximal humerus, the pseudo-threaded model was compared with a bonded interface to examine three different screw configurations in a 3-part proximal humerus fracture across 10 patients. In the single screw-in-bone system, the pseudo-threaded model predicted the screw displacement of the explicitly threaded model with 1-5% difference and estimated the strain distributions and magnitudes more accurately than a bonded interface. Yet, the relative comparisons of implant stability across the three different screw configurations in the proximal humerus were not affected by the modeling choice for the bone-screw interface. Therefore, the bonded interface could serve as a more efficient methodology for making relative comparisons between implants that utilize the same thread profile. PMID:27157243

  7. Study of Bone-screw Surface Fixation in Lumbar Dynamic Stabilization

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    Yun-Gang Luo; Tao Yu; Guo-Min Liu; Nan Yang

    2015-01-01

    Background:We aimed to use the animal model of dynamic fixation to examine the interaction of the pedicle screw surface with surrounding bone,and determine whether pedicle screws achieve good mechanical stability in the vertebrae.Methods:Twenty-four goats aged 2-3 years had Cosmic(R) pedicle screws implanted into both sides of the L2-L5 pedicles.Twelve goats in the bilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods implanted in L2-L3 and L4-L5.Twelve goats in the unilateral dynamic fixation group had fixation rods randomly fixed on one side of the lumbar spine.The side that was not implanted with fixation rods was used as a static control group.Results:In the static control group,new bone was formed around the pedicle screw and on the screw surface.In the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation groups,large amounts of connective tissue formed between and around the screw threads,with no new bone formation on the screw surface; the pedicle screws were loose after the fixed rods were removed.The bone mineral density and morphological parameters of the region of interest (ROI) in the unilateral and bilateral dynamic fixation group were not significantly different (P > 0.05),but were lower in the fixed groups than the static control group (P < 0.05).This showed the description bone of the ROI in the static control group was greater than in the fixation groups.Under loading conditions,the pedicle screw maximum pull force was not significantly different between the bilateral and unilateral dynamic fixation groups (P > 0.05); however the maximum pull force of the fixation groups was significantly less than the static control group (P < 0.01).Conclusions:Fibrous connective tissue formed at the bone-screw interface under unilateral and bilateral pedicle dynamic fixation,and the pedicle screws lost mechanical stability in the vertebrae.

  8. Biomechanical competence of six different bone screws for reconstructive surgery in three different transplants: Fibular, iliac crest, scapular and artificial bone.

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    Pietsch, Arnold P; Raith, Stefan; Ode, Jan-Eric; Teichmann, Jan; Lethaus, Bernd; Möhlhenrich, Stephan C; Hölzle, Frank; Duda, Georg N; Steiner, Timm

    2016-06-01

    The goal of this study was to determine a combination of screw and transplantation type that offers optimal primary stability for reconstructive surgery. Fibular, iliac crest, and scapular transplants were tested along with artificial bone substrate. Six different kinds of bone screws (Medartis(©)) were compared, each type utilized with one of six specimens from human transplants (n = 6). Controlled screw-in-tests were performed and the required torque was protocolled. Subsequently, pull-out-tests were executed to determine the retention forces. The artificial bone substitute material showed significantly higher retention forces than real bone samples. The self-drilling screws achieved the significantly highest retention values in the synthetic bone substitute material. Cancellous screws achieved the highest retention in the fibular transplants, while self-drilling and cancellous screws demonstrated better retention than cortical screws in the iliac crest. In the scapular graft, no significant differences were found between the screw types. In comparison to the human transplant types, the cortical screws showed the significantly highest values in the fibula and the lowest values in the iliac crest. The best retention was found in the combination of cancellous screws with fibular graft (514.8 N + -252.3 N). For the flat bones (i.e., scapular and illiac crest) we recommend the cancellous screws. PMID:27107477

  9. Osteosynthesis-screw augmentation by ultrasound-activated biopolymer - an ovine in vivo study assessing biocompatibility and bone-to-implant contact

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    Neumann, Hanjo; Breer, Stefan; Reimers, Nils; Kasch, Richard; Schulz, Arndt-Peter; Kienast, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Screw fixation and fragment anchoring in osteoporotic bones is often difficult. Problems like the cut out phenomenon and implant migration in osteoporotic bones have been reported. One possibility of improving the anchoring force of screws is augmentation of the screw. Cement-augmented screws in spinal surgery could exhibit a better anchoring in osteoporotic bones. Methods The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of screw augmentation using a resorbable polymer. Ultrasou...

  10. A biomechanical comparison between cortical bone trajectory fixation and pedicle screw fixation

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    Oshino, Hiroki; Sakakibara, Toshihiko; Inaba, Tadashi; Yoshikawa, Takamasa; Kato, Takaya; Kasai, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Purpose There have been several reports on the pullout strength of cortical bone trajectory (CBT) screws, but only one study has reviewed the stability of functional spine units using the CBT method. The purpose of this study was to compare vertebral stability after CBT fixation with that after pedicle screw (PS) fixation. Methods In this study, 20 lumbar spine (L5–6) specimens were assigned to two groups: the CBT model group that underwent CBT screw fixation (n = 10) and the PS model group t...

  11. Influence of Screw Length and Bone Thickness on the Stability of Temporary Implants

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this work was to study the influence of screw length and bone thickness on the stability of temporary implants. A total of 96 self-drilling temporary screws with two different lengths were inserted into polyurethane blocks (n = 66, bovine femurs (n = 18 and rabbit tibia (n = 12 with different cortical thicknesses (1 to 8 mm. Screws insertion in polyurethane blocks was assisted by a universal testing machine, torque peaks were collected by a digital torquemeter and bone thickness was monitored by micro-CT. The results showed that the insertion torque was significantly increased with the thickness of cortical bone from polyurethane (p < 0.0001, bovine (p = 0.0035 and rabbit (p < 0.05 sources. Cancellous bone improved significantly the mechanical implant stability. Insertion torque and insertion strength was successfully moduled by equations, based on the cortical/cancellous bone behavior. Based on the results, insertion torque and bone strength can be estimate in order to prevent failure of the cortical layer during temporary screw placement. The stability provided by a cortical thickness of 2 or 1 mm coupled to cancellous bone was deemed sufficient for temporary implants stability.

  12. Radiostrontium clearance and bone formation in response to simulated internal screw fixation

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    Changes in radiostrontium clearance (SrC) and bone formation (tetracycline labeling) were observed in the femurs of skeletally mature dogs following the various operative steps involved in bone screw fixation. Drilling, but not periosteal stripping, produced a small but statistically significant increase in SrC and endosteal bone formation in the distal third of the bone. Strontium clearance values equivalent to those produced by drilling alone were recorded after screw fixation at low or high torque (5 versus 20 inch pounds), as well as by the insertion of loosely fitting stainless steel implants. Bone formation (equals the percentage tetracycline-labeled trabecular bone surfaces) was increased by 30% when SrC values exceeded 3.5 ml/100 g bone/min, and the relationship was linear when SrC values ranged between 1.0 and 7.0 ml/100 g bone/min. The changes in SrC and bone formation one-week after bone screw application are primarily those associated with a response to local trauma caused by drilling

  13. Treatment of the benign bone tumors including femoral neck lesion using compression hip screw and synthetic bone graft

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    Nakamura Tomoki; Matsumine Akihiko; Asanuma Kunihiro; Matsubara Takao; Sudo Akihiro

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    Purpose: The proximal femur is one of the most common locations for benign bone tumors and tumor like conditions. We describe the clinical outcomes of the surgical treatment of benign lesions of the proximal femur including femoral neck using compression hip screw and synthetic bone graft. Methods: Thirteen patients with benign bone tumors or tumor like conditions of the proximal femur including femoral neck were surgically treated. Their average age at the time of presentatio...

  14. Pullout strength of cancellous screws in human femoral heads depends on applied insertion torque, trabecular bone microarchitecture and areal bone mineral density.

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    Ab-Lazid, Rosidah; Perilli, Egon; Ryan, Melissa K; Costi, John J; Reynolds, Karen J

    2014-12-01

    For cancellous bone screws, the respective roles of the applied insertion torque (TInsert) and of the quality of the host bone (microarchitecture, areal bone mineral density (aBMD)), in contributing to the mechanical holding strength of the bone-screw construct (FPullout), are still unclear. During orthopaedic surgery screws are tightened, typically manually, until adequate compression is attained, depending on surgeons' manual feel. This corresponds to a subjective insertion torque control, and can lead to variable levels of tightening, including screw stripping. The aim of this study, performed on cancellous screws inserted in human femoral heads, was to investigate which, among the measurements of aBMD, bone microarchitecture, and the applied TInsert, has the strongest correlation with FPullout. Forty six femoral heads were obtained, over which microarchitecture and aBMD were evaluated using micro-computed tomography and dual X-ray absorptiometry. Using an automated micro-mechanical test device, a cancellous screw was inserted in the femoral heads at TInsert set to 55% to 99% of the predicted stripping torque beyond screw head contact, after which FPullout was measured. FPullout exhibited strongest correlations with TInsert (R=0.88, pscrews, FPullout depends most strongly on the applied TInsert, followed by microarchitecture and aBMD of the host bone. In trabecular bone, screw tightening increases the holding strength of the screw-bone construct. PMID:25265033

  15. Influences of implant condyle geometry on bone and screw strains in a temporomandibular implant.

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    Mesnard, M; Ramos, A; Simões, J A

    2014-04-01

    A 3D finite element model of an in vitro implanted mandible was analysed. The load point was placed on the condyle in three positions (inside the mouth, centred and outside) to simulate different contact points between the mandible condyle and the temporal bone. The strain fields in the condyle were assessed and detailed around the surgical screws. The temporomandibular implant studied here was modelled on a commercial device that uses four screws to fix it in vivo in a very similar position. The boundary conditions of the numerical model simulated a load on the incisors with a 15 mm mouth aperture. The same contact loads were applied to the two condyles. Numerical results were successfully obtained for the three different contact points: the inside contact produced lower strains on the condyle. The first screw created a critical strain distribution in the bone, just under the screw. The study shows that centred and inside contact induces lower strain distributions. This suggests that spherical condyle geometry should be applied in order to reduce the strains in fixation. As the top screw was observed to play the most critical role, the third screw is in fact unnecessary, since the lower strain distribution suggests that it will be loosened. PMID:23726645

  16. Study of new sheep bone and Zn/Ca ratio around TiAlV screw: PIXE-RBS analysis

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    This study reports on in vivo particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) measurements combined with Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) analyses of new remodeled sheep bone formed around TiAlV screws. The implants (screws) were anodized by a modified TiMaxTM process. The interface between the implant and the bone was carefully investigated. [Zn]/[Ca] in-depth composition profiles as well as Ca, Fe elemental maps were recorded. The thickness of new bone formed around the screw reached 300-400 μm. Osteon and Osteoid phases were identified in the new bone. A higher [Zn]/[Ca] ratio was observed in the new bone as compared to the mature bone. Blood vessels were observed in the bone in close contact with the screw. This study shows the potential of ion beam analysis for biological and biomedical characterization

  17. Degradation behaviour of LAE442-based plate–screw-systems in an in vitro bone model

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    The use of absorbable implant materials for fixation after bone fracture helps to avoid a second surgery for implant removal and the risks and costs involved. Magnesium (Mg) is well known as a potential metallic material for degradable implants. The aim of the present in vitro study was to evaluate if degradable LAE442-based magnesium plate–screw-systems are suitable candidates for osteosynthesis implants in load-bearing bones. The corrosion behaviour was tested concerning the influence of different surface treatments, coatings and screw torques. Steel plates and screws of the same size served as control. Plates without special treatment screwed on up to a specified torque of 15 cNm or 7 cNm, NaOH treated plates (15 cNm), magnesium fluoride coated plates (15 cNm) and steel plates as control (15 cNm) were examined in pH-buffered, temperature-controlled SBF solution for two weeks. The experimental results indicate that the LAE442 plates and screws coated with magnesium fluoride revealed a lower hydrogen evolution in SBF solution as well as a lower weight loss and volume decrease in μ-computed tomography (μCT). The nanoindentation and SEM/EDX measurements at several plate areas showed no significant differences. Summarized, the different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour differently. Also the NaOH treatment seemed to have no essential influence on the degradation kinetics. The plates coated with magnesium fluoride showed a decreased corrosion rate. Hence, it is recommended to consider this coating for the next in vivo study. - Highlights: • Mg-based plate screw systems were examined in an in vitro corrosion setup. • Different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour. • Pretreatment with NaOH showed no increase in corrosion resistance. • Fluoride coating slowed down the corrosion rate of plates. • Fluoride coating might be an alternative for decrease of corrosion rate in vivo

  18. Degradation behaviour of LAE442-based plate–screw-systems in an in vitro bone model

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    Wolters, Leonie [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany); Besdo, Silke [Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstraße 11, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Angrisani, Nina [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany); Wriggers, Peter [Institute of Continuum Mechanics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstraße 11, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Hering, Britta [Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools, Leibniz Universität Hannover, An der Universität 2, 30823 Garbsen (Germany); Seitz, Jan-Marten [Institute of Materials Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover, An der Universität 2, 30823 Garbsen (Germany); Reifenrath, Janin, E-mail: janin.reifenrath@tiho-hannover.de [Small Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover (Germany)

    2015-04-01

    The use of absorbable implant materials for fixation after bone fracture helps to avoid a second surgery for implant removal and the risks and costs involved. Magnesium (Mg) is well known as a potential metallic material for degradable implants. The aim of the present in vitro study was to evaluate if degradable LAE442-based magnesium plate–screw-systems are suitable candidates for osteosynthesis implants in load-bearing bones. The corrosion behaviour was tested concerning the influence of different surface treatments, coatings and screw torques. Steel plates and screws of the same size served as control. Plates without special treatment screwed on up to a specified torque of 15 cNm or 7 cNm, NaOH treated plates (15 cNm), magnesium fluoride coated plates (15 cNm) and steel plates as control (15 cNm) were examined in pH-buffered, temperature-controlled SBF solution for two weeks. The experimental results indicate that the LAE442 plates and screws coated with magnesium fluoride revealed a lower hydrogen evolution in SBF solution as well as a lower weight loss and volume decrease in μ-computed tomography (μCT). The nanoindentation and SEM/EDX measurements at several plate areas showed no significant differences. Summarized, the different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour differently. Also the NaOH treatment seemed to have no essential influence on the degradation kinetics. The plates coated with magnesium fluoride showed a decreased corrosion rate. Hence, it is recommended to consider this coating for the next in vivo study. - Highlights: • Mg-based plate screw systems were examined in an in vitro corrosion setup. • Different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour. • Pretreatment with NaOH showed no increase in corrosion resistance. • Fluoride coating slowed down the corrosion rate of plates. • Fluoride coating might be an alternative for decrease of corrosion rate in vivo.

  19. Comparative Analysis of Effect of Density, Insertion Angle and Reinsertion on Pull-Out Strength of Single and Two Pedicle Screw Constructs Using Synthetic Bone Model

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    Varghese, Vicky; Kumar, Gurunathan Saravana

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Biomechanical study. Purpose To determine the effect of density, insertion angle and reinsertion on pull-out strength of pedicle screw in single and two screw-rod configurations. Overview of Literature Pedicle screw pull-out studies have involved single screw construct, whereas two screws and rod constructs are always used in spine fusions. Extrapolation of results using the single screw construct may lead to using expensive implants or increasing the fusion levels specifically in osteoporotic bones. Methods Single screw and two screw pull-out strength tests were carried out according to American Society for Testing and Materials F 543-07 on foam models to test the effect of density, insertion angle and reinsertion using poly axial pedicle screws. Results Bone density was the most significant factor deciding the pull-out strength in both single and two screw constructs. The difference in pull-out strength between single screw and two screw configurations in extremely osteoporotic bone model (80 kg/m3) was 78%, whereas in the normal bone model it was 48%. Axial pull-out value was highest for the single screw configuration; in the two screw configuration the highest pull-out strength was at 10°–15°. There was an 18% reduction in pull-out strength due to reinsertion in single screw configuration. The reinsertion effect was insignificant in the two screw configuration. Conclusions A significant difference in response of various factors on holding power of pedicle screw between single and two-screw configurations is evident. The percentage increase in pull-out strength between single and two screw constructs is higher for osteoporotic bone when compared to normal bone. Reinsertion has no significant effect on pull-out strength in the two screw rod configuration. PMID:27340518

  20. Non-vascularized bone graft with herbert-type screw fixation for proximal pole scaphoid nonunion

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    Since proximal pole fractures of the scaphoid are frequently overlooked, the poor vascularity in the proximal pole fragment often leads to nonunion. Vascularized bone grafts have been recently tested in cases with scaphoid proximal pole nonunion, but the indication for this treatment has not been well established. Alternatively, we have been treating such patients with a non-vascularized iliac bone graft and Herbert-type screw fixation with considerable success. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate these cases retrospectively and clarify the surgical efficacy of our procedure. Between 1996 and 2009, 11 consecutive patients with proximal pole scaphoid nonunion were treated with a non-vascularized corticocancellous iliac bone graft and Herbert-type screw fixation. They were all male aged from 12 to 26 years. In two patients, avascular changes were recognized in the proximal pole in preoperative radiographs or MRI. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 76 months. Bone union was radiographically confirmed in all patients, who returned to their former activities without any complications. The period from operation to union ranged from 12 to 24 weeks. The mean Mayo modified wrist score was 76.4 points preoperatively and 91.4 points postoperatively, and was improved in all cases. A non-vascularized iliac bone graft with Herbert-type screw fixation obtained satisfactory clinical and radiographic results in cases with scaphoid proximal pole nonunion, regardless of the vascularity in the proximal fragment. (author)

  1. Degradation behaviour of LAE442-based plate-screw-systems in an in vitro bone model.

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    Wolters, Leonie; Besdo, Silke; Angrisani, Nina; Wriggers, Peter; Hering, Britta; Seitz, Jan-Marten; Reifenrath, Janin

    2015-04-01

    The use of absorbable implant materials for fixation after bone fracture helps to avoid a second surgery for implant removal and the risks and costs involved. Magnesium (Mg) is well known as a potential metallic material for degradable implants. The aim of the present in vitro study was to evaluate if degradable LAE442-based magnesium plate-screw-systems are suitable candidates for osteosynthesis implants in load-bearing bones. The corrosion behaviour was tested concerning the influence of different surface treatments, coatings and screw torques. Steel plates and screws of the same size served as control. Plates without special treatment screwed on up to a specified torque of 15cNm or 7cNm, NaOH treated plates (15cNm), magnesium fluoride coated plates (15cNm) and steel plates as control (15cNm) were examined in pH-buffered, temperature-controlled SBF solution for two weeks. The experimental results indicate that the LAE442 plates and screws coated with magnesium fluoride revealed a lower hydrogen evolution in SBF solution as well as a lower weight loss and volume decrease in μ-computed tomography (μCT). The nanoindentation and SEM/EDX measurements at several plate areas showed no significant differences. Summarized, the different screw torques did not affect the corrosion behaviour differently. Also the NaOH treatment seemed to have no essential influence on the degradation kinetics. The plates coated with magnesium fluoride showed a decreased corrosion rate. Hence, it is recommended to consider this coating for the next in vivo study. PMID:25686954

  2. Dose variation at bone/titanium interfaces using titanium hollow screw osseointegrating reconstruction plates

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    Purpose: To evaluate dose variations at bone/titanium interfaces in an experimental model designed to simulate postoperative radiotherapy in patients with mandibular reconstructions using a titanium hollow-screw osseointegrating reconstruction plate (THORP) system. Materials and Methods: The model consisted of a 25 x 25 x 10 mm3 block of fresh bovine femoral diaphysis, to the surface of which a segment of THORP system reconstruction plate was fixed by means of a solid titanium screw 4 mm in diameter and 10 mm in length. Using specially designed thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) 2 mm in diameter and 0.13 mm in thickness, dose measurements were carried out at four distances from the screw axis (0.1, 0.3, 0.6, and 1 mm). 60Co and 6-MV photon beams were used at incidences both perpendicular and parallel ('axial') to the screw axis. Results: For 6-MV X-ray beams incident perpendicular to the screw axis, the maximum dose enhancement (due to backscatter) and the maximum dose reduction (due to attenuation) at the bone/titanium interface were 5% (± 2%) and 6% (± 2%), respectively. The corresponding values for 60Co beams were 6% (± 5%) and 10% (± 5%). For the axial incidences, a maximum dose enhancement of 5-7% was noted for both 6-MV X-rays and 60Co for beams incident on the surface containing the THORP plate segment, whereas beams incident on the opposite surface induced only a very small dose enhancement (2-3%). Conclusion: Using a new experimental model, TLD measurements showed only marginally significant dose variations at bone/titanium interfaces around THORP screws, all measured values being very close to the uncertainty limits (± 5%) associated with the method. For both 60Co and 6-MV beams, dose variations appeared smaller for axial than for perpendicular incidences. Because photon beams used in head and neck cancer treatment are most often directed parallel to the screw axes, these results suggest that failures of prosthetic osseointegration are unlikely to be

  3. In vivo degradation of a new concept of magnesium-based rivet-screws in the minipig mandibular bone.

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    Schaller, Benoit; Saulacic, Nikola; Beck, Stefan; Imwinkelried, Thomas; Goh, Bee Tin; Nakahara, Ken; Hofstetter, Willy; Iizuka, Tateyuki

    2016-12-01

    Self-tapping of magnesium screws in hard bone may be a challenge due to the limited torsional strength of magnesium alloys in comparison with titanium. To avoid screw failure upon implantation, the new concept of a rivet-screw was applied to a WE43 magnesium alloy. Hollow cylinders with threads on the outside were expanded inside drill holes of minipig mandibles. During the expansion with a hexagonal mandrel, the threads engaged the surrounding bone and the inside of the screw transformed into a hexagonal screw drive to allow further screwing in or out of the implant. The in vivo degradation of the magnesium implants and the performance of the used coating were studied in a human standard-sized animal model. Four magnesium alloy rivet-screws were implanted in each mandible of 12 minipigs. Six animals received the plasmaelectrolytically coated magnesium alloy implants; another six received the uncoated magnesium alloy rivet-screws. Two further animals received one titanium rivet-screw each as control. In vivo radiologic examination was performed at one, four, and eight weeks. Euthanasia was performed for one group of seven animals (three animals with coated, three with uncoated magnesium alloy implants and one with titanium implant) at 12weeks and for the remaining seven animals at 24weeks. After euthanasia, micro-computed tomography and histological examination with histomorphometry were performed. Significantly less void formation as well as higher bone volume density (BV/TV) and bone-implant contact area (BIC) were measured around the coated implants compared to the uncoated ones. The surface coating was effective in delaying degradation despite plastic deformation. The results showed potential for further development of magnesium hollow coated screws for bone fixation. PMID:27612710

  4. Hollow-Bone-Graft Dynamic Hip Screw Can Fix and Promote Bone Union after Femoral Neck Fracture: an Experimental Research

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    Jia-zuo SHEN, Jian-fei YAO, Da-sheng LIN, Ke-jian LIAN, Zhen-qi DING, Bin LIN, Zhi-min GUO, Ming-hua ZHANG, Qiang LI, Lin LI, Peng QI

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    Full Text Available Background: Delayed bone union, nonunion or osteonecrosis often occur after femoral neck fractures in young adults. Secondary bone healing requires strong internal fixation, intramedullary pressure reduction and early functional exercise.Objective: To compare bone healing of femoral neck fractures treated with hollow-bone-graft dynamic hip screws (Hb-DHS and standard dynamic hip screws (DHS in an animal model.Design: Testing of specifically designed fixation devices in a pig animal model.Interventions/Methods: We designed Hb-DHS and DHS devices appropriate to the femoral neck and head of experimental animals and used them in eight pigs (4-month-old, male or female, 30-40 kg/each. Under anesthesia, we induced medium neck type, Garden III type femoral neck fractures in each pig with fracture gaps of 0.5 mm and then fixed each left femur with Hb-DHS and each right femur with DHS. We assessed the animals radiographically and by postmortem visual appraisal of evidence of bone healing 8 and 16 weeks postoperatively.Results: There were significant differences in radiographic and general findings between the Hb-DHS and DHS groups at weeks 8 and 16 postoperatively. We found statistically significant differences between the Hb-DHS and DHS groups in bone healing scores, trabecular bone volume percentage and bone mineral density as assessed on plain radiographs and computed tomography images (P < 0.05. There were also significant differences between the Hb-DHS and DHS groups in postmortem visually assessed indicators of bone healing at both 8 and 16 weeks postoperatively.Conclusions: The Hb-DHS device promotes femoral neck bone union, stimulates trabecular bone formation, increases BMD and has advantages over DHS for internal fixation of femoral neck fractures. This animal experiment will contribute to developing optimal treatment for femoral neck fractures in young adults.

  5. Changes in the computed tomography (pixel) value of mandibular ramus bone and fixation screws after sagittal split ramus osteotomy.

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    Ueki, K; Moroi, A; Iguchi, R; Kosaka, A; Ikawa, H; Yoshizawa, K

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    The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the changes in computed tomography (CT) values of ramus bone and screws after sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) setback surgery. The subjects were 64 patients (128 sides) who underwent bilateral SSRO setback surgery. They were divided into six groups according to the fixation plate type used and the use or not of self-setting α-tricalcium phosphate (Biopex): group 1: titanium plate and screws; group 2: titanium plate and screws with Biopex; group 3: poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) plate and screws; group 4: PLLA plate and screws with Biopex; group 5: uncalcined and unsintered hydroxyapatite particles and poly-l-lactic acid (uHA/PLLA) plate and screws; group 6: PLLA/uHA plate and screws with Biopex. CT values (pixel values) of the lateral cortex, medial cortex, osteotomy site, and screws were measured preoperatively, immediately after surgery, and 1 year postoperatively using horizontal CT images at the mandibular foramen taken parallel to the Frankfort horizontal plane. There were significant differences in the time-course change of pixel values for the lateral cortex (Pmaterial may affect bone quality during the process of bone healing after SSRO. PMID:26139563

  6. TREATMENT OF SCAPHOID NONUNION WITH OLECRANON BONE GRAFT AND COMPRESSION SCREW

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    NEDER, ANTONIO TUFI; FRANCESCHINI, EDUARDO TRALDI; PARDINI, ARLINDO GOMES; RIBERTO, MARCELO; MAZZER, NILTON

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    ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the outcome of olecranon bone graft and compression screw for the treatment of nonunion of the Lichtman type I scaphoid. Method: We evaluated 15 patients of 32 who underwent surgical treatment for nonunion of the Lichtman type I scaphoid with olecranon bone graft and screw compression. Results: We obtained 100% consolidation in our sample. The mean flexion of the wrist on the affected side was 68° and 75° on the non-affected side. The average extension was 63° and 72°, respectively. The average grip strength was 35 kgf. This corresponds to 98% of the handgrip strength of the non-affected side, which was 37 kgf. The DASH score averaged 5 points. Conclusion: We believe that the use of bone graft obtained from the olecranon and secured with cannulated screw is a resolute technique for cases of linear nonunion of the Lichtmann type I scaphoid. It has the advantages of a new anesthesia for removal of the graft and the access is easy, providing a good exposure for removal and good aesthetic results. Level of evidence IV. Case series. PMID:27217819

  7. Biomechanical analysis of different types of pedicle screw augmentation: a cadaveric and synthetic bone sample study of instrumented vertebral specimens.

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    Chao, Kuo-Hua; Lai, Yu-Shu; Chen, Wen-Chuan; Chang, Chia-Ming; McClean, Colin J; Fan, Chang-Yuan; Chang, Chia-Hao; Lin, Leou-Chyr; Cheng, Cheng-Kung

    2013-10-01

    This study aims to determine the pull-out strength, stiffness and failure pull-out energy of cement-augmented, cannulated-fenestrated pedicle screws in an osteoporotic cadaveric thoracolumbar model, and to determine, using synthetic bone samples, the extraction torques of screws pre-filled with cement and those with cement injected through perforations. Radiographs and bone mineral density measurements from 32 fresh thoracolumbar vertebrae were used to define specimen quality. Axial pull-out strength of screws was determined through mechanical testing. Mechanical pull-out strength, stiffness and energy-to-failure ratio were recorded for cement-augmented and non-cement-augmented screws. Synthetic bone simulating a human spinal bone with severe osteoporosis was used to measure the maximum extraction torque. The pull-out strength and stiffness-to-failure ratio of cement pre-filled and cement-injected screws were significantly higher than the non-cement-augmented control group. However, the cement pre-filled and cement-injected groups did not differ significantly across these values (p=0.07). The cement pre-filled group had the highest failure pull-out energy, approximately 2.8 times greater than that of the cement-injected (pcement-injected group had a greater maximum extraction torque than the cement pre-filled group, but was statistically insignificant (p=0.17). The initial fixation strength of cannulated screws pre-filled with cement is similar to that of cannulated screws injected with cement through perforations. This comparable strength, along with the heightened pull-out energy and reduced extraction torque, indicates that pedicle screws pre-filled with cement are superior for bone fixation over pedicle screws injected with cement. PMID:23669371

  8. Clear Zone Formation around Screws in the Early Postoperative Stages after Posterior Lumbar Fusion Using the Cortical Bone Trajectory Technique

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    Ninomiya, Koshi; Iwatsuki, Koichi; Ohnishi, Yu-ichiro; Ohkawa, Toshika; Yoshimine, Toshiki

    2015-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose To evaluate the initial fixation using the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) technique for posterior lumbar fusion through assessment of the clear zones around the screws and the risk factors involved. Overview of Literature Postoperative radiolucent zones (clear zones) are an indicator of poor conventional pedicle screw fixation. Methods Between January 2013 and April 2014, 19 patients (8 men and 11 women) underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion or ...

  9. Hybrid technique of cortical bone trajectory and pedicle screwing for minimally invasive spine reconstruction surgery : A technical note

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    Takata, Yoichiro; Matsuura, Tetsuya; Higashino, Kosaku; Sakai, Toshinori; Mishiro, Takuya; Suzue, Naoto; Kosaka, Hirofumi; Hamada, Daisuke; Goto, Tomohiro; Nishisho, Toshihiko; Goda, Yuichiro; Sato, Ryosuke(Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Oho, Tsukuba, 305-0801, Japan); Tsutsui, Takahiko; Tonogai, Ichiro; Tezuka, Fumitake

    2014-01-01

    The pedicle screw (PS) system is widely used for spinal reconstruction. Recently, screw insertion using the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) technique has been reported to provide increased holding strength of the vertebra, even in an osteoporotic spine. CBT is also beneficial due to its low invasiveness. We have been performing hybrid reconstruction with CBT at the cranial level and PS at the caudal level based on the concept of minimal invasiveness. We applied this hybrid technique to 6 cases...

  10. Pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting for the treatment of thoracolumbar fracture: a report of 24 cases

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    Chuan-lin DU

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical effect of pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting for the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures. Methods The clinical data of 24 cases of unstable and/or bursting thoracolumbar fractures treated with pedicle screw fixation and intervertebral bone grafting from July 2007 to July 2010 were analyzed retrospectively. The 24 patients (18 males and 6 females were aged from 24 to 61 years (mean 31.5 years, in whom 8 with fracture of T12, 9 of L1, 5 of L2, and 2 of L3 vertebral fracture. According to Denis classification, in 8 patients it was compression fracture, and in 16 patients it was burst fracture. According to American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA criteria, 2 patients were classified as grade C, 2 as grade D and 20 as grade E. All of the 24 patients received pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting to reduce and fix the thoracolumbar fractures using pedicle screw-rod system, and 4 of them received posterior decompression. Results Twenty-two patients were followed-up from 12 to 24 months (mean 18 months. No obvious loss of vertebral height or posterior protuberance was found. There was no evidence of screw loosening or breakage, neither overdistraction of intervertebral space among 22 patients. The Cobb angle was corrected from 15-44 degrees (32.3±7.6 degrees, preoperatively to 0-9.6 degrees (6.6±2.4 degrees as observed at the time of last follow-up. Conclusion Pedicle screw fixation combined with intervertebral bone grafting could reconstruct the mechanical structure of anterior and middle spinal columns, obtain effective intervertebral height and bone union, and long-term spine stability. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2013.12.11

  11. Biomechanical Comparison Between Bashti Bone Plug Technique and Biodegradable Screw for Fixation of Grafts in Ligament surgery

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    Kaveh Bashti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available   Background: Ligament reconstruction is a common procedure in orthopedic surgery. Although several popular techniques are currently in use, new methods are proposed for secure fixation of the tendon graft into the bone tunnel. Purposes: We sought to introduce our new technique of Bashti bone plug for fixation of soft tissue graft in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL reconstruction and to compare its biomechanical features with conventional absorbable interference screw technique in a bovine model. Methods: Twenty pairs of bovine knees were harvested after death. Soft tissue was removed and the Achilles tendon was harvested to be used as an ACL graft. It was secured into the bone tunnel on the tibial side via two different methods: Bashti Bone Plug technique and conventional screw method. Biomechanical strength was measured using 200 N and 300 N cyclic loading on the graft. Pull out strength was also tested until the graft fails. Results: No graft failure was observed after 200 N and 300 N cyclic loading in either fixation methods. When testing for pull out failure, 21 tendons (53% were torn and 19 tendons (48% slipped out. No fixation failure occurred, which did not reveal a significant difference between the bone plug or interference screw group (P=0.11. The mean pull out force until failure of the graft was 496±66 N in the screw group and 503±67 N in the bone plug group (P=0.76. Conclusions: Our suggested fixation technique of Bashti bone plug is a native, cheap, and feasible method that provides comparable biomechanical strength with interference screw when soft tissue fixation was attempted in bovine model.

  12. Comparison of porous titanium-surfaced and standard smooth-surfaced bone plates and screws in an unstable fracture model in dogs

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    Bilateral mid shaft femoral osteotomies were fixed with a 3-mm fracture gap in 6 dogs. In each dog, one femur was fixed with a porous titanium-surfaced bone plate and screws, whereas the opposite femur was fixed with a standard smooth-surfaced bone plate and screws. The mean removal torque for porous titanium-surfaced screws (32.3 kg X cm) was significantly (P less than 0.01) greater than the mean removal torque for standard screws (4.4 kg X cm). Osseous tissue ingrowth into the surface of porous titanium-surfaced screws was verified by histologic examination of the bone-screw interface. Radiographic and histologic examinations of the osteotomy gaps showed accelerated primary gap healing in osteotomies fixed with porous titanium-coated implants, compared with slower callus healing seen in osteotomies fixed with standard smooth-surfaced implants

  13. Bone cement enhanced pedicle screw fixation combined with vertebroplasty for elderly patients with malignant spinal tumors

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    TAN Jiang-wei; SHEN Bing-hua; DU Wei; LIU Jiang-qing; LU Shi-qiao

    2013-01-01

    Background Older patients with malignant spinal tumors are difficult to treat because they have many co-morbidities including osteoporosis.The purpose of this research is to discuss the technique and clinical outcome of bone cement enhanced pedicle screw fixation combined with vertebroplasty (the Sandwich Procedure) for elderly patients with severe osteoporosis and malignant spinal tumors.Methods This study includes 28 consecutive elderly patients with malignant thoracic or lumbar spinal tumors.There were nine patients with myelomas,and 19 patients with metastatic bone tumors.The Sandwich Procedure began with curettage of the tumor and a vertebroplasty with bone cement (polymethyl methacrylate,PMMA),followed by PMMA enhanced pedicle screw fixation.Patients were evaluated with the visual analogue scale (VAS),oswestry disability index (ODI),American Spinal Cord Injury Association (ASIA) neurological function classification,and the radiographic degree of kyphosis (Cobb angle).Data were analyzed using paired t-test to compare the pre-and post-operative values.The complications,local recurrences,and the survival status were also recorded.Results There was no operative mortality,and the mean operative time was 210 minutes (range 150-250 minutes).The average blood loss was 1550 ml (range 650-3300 ml).The average amount of cement for vertebroplasty was 3.6 ml (range 3-5 ml).The VAS,ODI,and ASIA scores were significantly improved after surgery (P <0.05).However,we found no differences between the pre and post-operative Cobb angles.The shortest survival time was 3 months,and we found no evidence of local recurrence in this group of patients.Conclusion The Sandwich Procedure is a safe operation and provides symptomatic relief in these difficult patients,permitting further treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

  14. Biomechanical Comparison Between Bashti Bone Plug Technique and Biodegradable Screw for Fixation of Grafts in Ligament surgery

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    Kaveh Bashti; Mohammad Naghi Tahmasebi; Hasan Kaseb; Farzam Farahmand; Mohammad Akbar; Amir Mobini

    2015-01-01

      Background: Ligament reconstruction is a common procedure in orthopedic surgery. Although several popular techniques are currently in use, new methods are proposed for secure fixation of the tendon graft into the bone tunnel. Purposes: We sought to introduce our new technique of Bashti bone plug for fixation of soft tissue graft in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and to compare its biomechanical features with conventional absorbable interference screw technique in a bovine ...

  15. Three-dimensional morphology of microdamage in peri-screw bone: a scanning electron microscopy of methylmethacrylate cast replica.

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    Wang, Lei; Shao, Jin; Ye, Tingjun; Deng, Lianfu; Qiu, Shijing

    2012-10-01

    Screw implantation inevitably causes microdamage in surrounding bone. However, little is known about the detailed characteristics of microdamage in peri-screw bone. In this study, we developed a method to construct microdamage cast with methylmethacrylate (MMA) and observed the cast using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In basic fuchsin stained bone sections observed by bright-field and fluorescence microscopy, diffuse damage, cross-hatched damage, and linear cracks were all presented in peri-screw bone. Using MMA casting/SEM method, we found numerous densely packed microcracks in the areas with diffuse damage. The osteocyte canaliculi and the microcracks consisting of diffuse damage had a similar diameter (or width), usually microcracks was similar to that in diffuse damage, but the number was significantly decreased. Many microcracks were thicker than 1 μm and associated with a rough surface. Large linear cracks (∼10 μm in diameter) occurred in different areas. Plenty of microcracks were present on the surface of some linear cracks. In conclusion, the MMA casting/SEM method can demonstrate the three-dimensional morphology of different types of microdamage, particularly the microcracks in diffuse damage, which are unable to be shown by light microscopy. PMID:23046724

  16. Titanium-alloy enhances bone-pedicle screw fixation: mechanical and histomorphometrical results of titanium-alloy versus stainless steel

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    Christensen, F.B.; Dalstra, M.; Sejling, F.; Overgaard, S.; Bünger, C.

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    Several types of pedicle screw systems have been utilized to augment lumbar spine fusion. The majority of these systems are made of stainless steel (Ss), but titanium-alloy (Ti-alloy) devices have recently been available on the market. Ti-alloy implants have several potential advantages over Ss ones. High bioactivity and more flexibility may improve bone ingrowth and mechanical fixation, and the material also offers superior magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) resolu...

  17. Impact of Different Screw Designs on Durability of Fracture Fixation: In Vitro Study with Cyclic Loading of Scaphoid Bones

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    Gruszka, Dominik; Herr, Robert; Hely, Hans; Hofmann, Peer; Klitscher, Daniela; Hofmann, Alexander; Rommens, Pol Maria

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The use of new headless compression screws (HCSs) for scaphoid fixation is growing, but the nonunion rate has remained constant. The aim of this study was to compare the stability of fixation resulting from four modern HCSs using a simulated fracture model to determine the optimal screw design(s). Methods We tested 40 fresh-frozen cadaver scaphoids treated with the Acumed Acutrak 2 mini (AA), the KLS Martin HBS2 midi (MH), the Stryker TwinFix (ST) and the Synthes HCS 3.0 with a long thread (SH). The bones with simulated fractures and implanted screws were loaded uniaxially into flexion for 2000 cycles with a constant bending moment of 800 Nmm. The angulation of the fracture fragments was measured continuously. Data were assessed statistically using the univariate ANOVA test and linear regression analysis, and the significance level was set at p < 0.05. Results The median angulation of bone fragments φ allowed by each screw was 0.89° for AA, 1.12° for ST, 1.44° for SH and 2.36° for MH. With regards to linear regression, the most reliable curve was achieved by MH, with a coefficient of determination of R2 = 0.827. This was followed by AA (R2 = 0.354), SH (R2 = 0.247) and ST (R2 = 0.019). Data assessed using an adapted ANOVA model showed no statistically significant difference (p = 0.291) between the screws. Conclusions The continuous development of HCSs has resulted in very comparable implants, and thus, at this time, other factors, such as surgeons’ experience, ease of handling and price, should be taken into consideration. PMID:26741807

  18. Impact of Different Screw Designs on Durability of Fracture Fixation: In Vitro Study with Cyclic Loading of Scaphoid Bones.

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    Dominik Gruszka

    Full Text Available The use of new headless compression screws (HCSs for scaphoid fixation is growing, but the nonunion rate has remained constant. The aim of this study was to compare the stability of fixation resulting from four modern HCSs using a simulated fracture model to determine the optimal screw design(s.We tested 40 fresh-frozen cadaver scaphoids treated with the Acumed Acutrak 2 mini (AA, the KLS Martin HBS2 midi (MH, the Stryker TwinFix (ST and the Synthes HCS 3.0 with a long thread (SH. The bones with simulated fractures and implanted screws were loaded uniaxially into flexion for 2000 cycles with a constant bending moment of 800 Nmm. The angulation of the fracture fragments was measured continuously. Data were assessed statistically using the univariate ANOVA test and linear regression analysis, and the significance level was set at p < 0.05.The median angulation of bone fragments φ allowed by each screw was 0.89° for AA, 1.12° for ST, 1.44° for SH and 2.36° for MH. With regards to linear regression, the most reliable curve was achieved by MH, with a coefficient of determination of R2 = 0.827. This was followed by AA (R2 = 0.354, SH (R2 = 0.247 and ST (R2 = 0.019. Data assessed using an adapted ANOVA model showed no statistically significant difference (p = 0.291 between the screws.The continuous development of HCSs has resulted in very comparable implants, and thus, at this time, other factors, such as surgeons' experience, ease of handling and price, should be taken into consideration.

  19. Accuracy of bone SPECT/CT for identifying hardware loosening in patients who underwent lumbar fusion with pedicle screws

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    Hudyana, Hendrah; Maes, Alex [AZ Groeninge, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kortrijk (Belgium); University Hospital Leuven, Department of Morphology and Medical Imaging, Leuven (Belgium); Vandenberghe, Thierry; Fidlers, Luc [AZ Groeninge, Department of Neurosurgery, Kortrijk (Belgium); Sathekge, Mike [University of Pretoria, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Pretoria (South Africa); Nicolai, Daniel [AZ Groeninge, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kortrijk (Belgium); Wiele, Christophe van de [AZ Groeninge, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kortrijk (Belgium); University Ghent, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Ghent (Belgium)

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    The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the accuracy of bone SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography)/CT (computed tomography) in diagnosing loosening of fixation material in patients with recurrent or persistent back pain that underwent lumbar arthrodesis with pedicle screws using surgery and clinical follow-up as gold standard A total of 48 patients (median age 49 years, range 21-81 years; 17 men) who had undergone lumbar spinal arthrodesis were included in this retrospective analysis. SPECT/CT results were compared to the gold standard of surgical evaluation or clinical follow-up. Positive SPECT/CT results were considered true positives if findings were confirmed by surgery or if clinical and other examinations were completely consistent with the positive SPECT/CT finding. They were considered false positives if surgical evaluation did not find any loose pedicle screws or if symptoms subsided with non-surgical therapy. Negative SPECT/CT scans were considered true negatives if symptoms either improved without surgical intervention or remained stable over a minimum follow-up period of 6 months. Negative SPECT/CT scans were determined to be false negatives if surgery was still required and loosening of material was found. The median length of time from primary surgery to bone SPECT/CT referral was 29.5 months (range 12-192 months). Median follow-up was 18 months (range 6-57) for subjects who did not undergo surgery. Thirteen of the 48 patients were found to be positive for loosening on bone SPECT/CT. Surgical evaluation (8 patients) and clinical follow-up (5 patients) showed that bone SPECT/CT correctly predicted loosening in 9 of 13 patients, while it falsely diagnosed loosening in 4 patients. Of 35 negative bone SPECT/CT scans, 12 were surgically confirmed. In 18 patients, bone SPECT/CT revealed lesions that could provide an alternative explanation for the symptoms of pain (active facet degeneration in 14 patients, and disc and sacroiliac

  20. Accuracy of bone SPECT/CT for identifying hardware loosening in patients who underwent lumbar fusion with pedicle screws

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    The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the accuracy of bone SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography)/CT (computed tomography) in diagnosing loosening of fixation material in patients with recurrent or persistent back pain that underwent lumbar arthrodesis with pedicle screws using surgery and clinical follow-up as gold standard A total of 48 patients (median age 49 years, range 21-81 years; 17 men) who had undergone lumbar spinal arthrodesis were included in this retrospective analysis. SPECT/CT results were compared to the gold standard of surgical evaluation or clinical follow-up. Positive SPECT/CT results were considered true positives if findings were confirmed by surgery or if clinical and other examinations were completely consistent with the positive SPECT/CT finding. They were considered false positives if surgical evaluation did not find any loose pedicle screws or if symptoms subsided with non-surgical therapy. Negative SPECT/CT scans were considered true negatives if symptoms either improved without surgical intervention or remained stable over a minimum follow-up period of 6 months. Negative SPECT/CT scans were determined to be false negatives if surgery was still required and loosening of material was found. The median length of time from primary surgery to bone SPECT/CT referral was 29.5 months (range 12-192 months). Median follow-up was 18 months (range 6-57) for subjects who did not undergo surgery. Thirteen of the 48 patients were found to be positive for loosening on bone SPECT/CT. Surgical evaluation (8 patients) and clinical follow-up (5 patients) showed that bone SPECT/CT correctly predicted loosening in 9 of 13 patients, while it falsely diagnosed loosening in 4 patients. Of 35 negative bone SPECT/CT scans, 12 were surgically confirmed. In 18 patients, bone SPECT/CT revealed lesions that could provide an alternative explanation for the symptoms of pain (active facet degeneration in 14 patients, and disc and sacroiliac

  1. Trabecular bone strength is not an independent predictive factor for dynamic hip screw migration--A prospective multicenter cohort study.

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    Müller, Marc A; Hengg, Clemens; Krettek, Christian; van der Velde, Detlef; Eberdorfer, Siegfried; Stange, Richard; Hofmann, Gunther O; Platz, Andreas; Suhm, Norbert

    2015-11-01

    This study assessed whether mechanically measured trabecular bone strength is an independent predictor of dynamic hip screw (DHS) stability, i.e., DHS migration (DHSM) after the fixation of proximal femoral fractures. One-hundred and seven patients older than 50 years with proximal femoral fractures were included. During fracture fixation, a mechanical probe (DensiProbe™ Hip) was inserted at the site where the DHS tip would ultimately be positioned. Peak torque to breakaway the trabecular bone was measured. Fracture reduction, primary implant position and postoperative DHSM were assessed by radiographs taken postoperatively, at 6 and 12 weeks after surgery. Univariate regression analysis revealed no association between peak torque and DHSM (R(2) = 0.025, p = 0.135). DHSM correlated with the primary DHS position, i.e., the distance between the DHS and (i) the central femoral neck axis (CNFAD, R(2) = 0.230; p screw migration. The primary implant position measured by the CFNAD, rather than DensiProbe™ Hip measured bone strength, is an independent predictor of DHSM. PMID:25929756

  2. Surgical treatment of the osteoporotic spine with bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screw fixation: technical description and preliminary application in 43 patients

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    Fei Dai

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To describe a new approach for the application of polymethylmethacrylate augmentation of bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screws. METHODS: Between June 2010 and February 2013, 43 patients with degenerative spinal disease and osteoporosis (T-score <-2.5 underwent lumbar fusion using cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screws. Clinical outcomes were evaluated using a Visual Analog Scale and the Oswestry Disability Index. Patients were given radiographic follow-up examinations after 3, 6, and 12 months and once per year thereafter. RESULTS: All patients were followed for a mean of 15.7±5.6 months (range, 6 to 35 months. The Visual Analog Scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores showed a significant reduction in back pain (p = 0.018 and an improvement in lower extremity function (p = 0.025 in patients who underwent lumbar fusion using the novel screw. Intraoperative cement leakage occurred in four patients, but no neurological complications were observed. Radiological observation indicated no loosening or pulling out of the novel screw, and bone fusion was excellent. CONCLUSIONS: The described polymethylmethacrylate augmentation technique using bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screws can reduce pain and improve spinal dysfunction in osteoporotic patients undergoing osteoporotic spine surgery.

  3. Analysis of elements in the soft tissue covering titanium plates and screws for internal bone fixation by the PIXE method

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    We made a comparative study of the elements in the periosteum on titanium plates and screws for internal bone fixation, normal periosteum, and oral mucosa by the PIXE method. We studied 11 patients, 4 men and 7 women, with mandibular fracture or facial deformity. The implanted time length of the materials in the body was 5 to 16 months. The analyzed samples were 11 periostea on the materials, 11 normal periostea and 4 oral mucosae. The results were as follows. Twenty- four essential and 11 contaminated elements were detected in the periostea on the materials as well as in the normal periostea and the oral mucosae. In the mean values of titanium and aluminum, there were significantly higher values in the periostea on the materials than in the normal periostea. The mean concentration values of the other elements did not differ significantly between that in the periostea on the materials and that in the normal periostea. The concentration of titanium in the periostea on the materials was not correlated with sex, age of the patients, or the implanted time length. However, there was a significantly higher titanium concentration value in tile periostea on the plates than on the screws. Our results could indicate that the existence of a titanium element in the periostea on the materials was caused by its dissolution from the materials. (author)

  4. 骨水泥加固椎弓根螺钉的生物力学特性%Biomechanical properties of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw

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    隆海滨; 孙桂森; 王卫国

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Bony and structural feature often cause pulout strength decrease of pedicle screw, which induces loosening and pulout, and finaly results in fixation failure. Thus, it is very important to elevate the stability of pedicle screw. OBJECTIVE:To detect the biomechanical stability of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw, and to provide reference for bone cement dosage. METHODS: We selected T11-L4 samples of seven fresh adult corpses, containing 40 vertebral bodies. They were randomly divided into bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw group and DTPSTM pedicle screw group (n=20). After screw implantation, 1, 2, 3 and 5 mL bone cement was injected. The diffuse distribution of bone cement was observed by imaging. The maximum axial pulout strength was measured. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:When the dose of bone cement was 1-3 mL, the average maximum axial pulout strength was significantly greater in the bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw group than in the DTPSTM pedicle screw group (P 0.05). The regression equation was Y=25.269X+133.681 (R2=0.837) in the bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw, and Y=32.039X+99.251 (R2=0.936) in the DTPSTM pedicle screw group. When the dosage of bone cement was 1-5 mL, the maximum axial pulout strength was highly positively correlated with bone cement dosage (|R| > 0.8). These results suggested that bone cement augmentation pedicle screw could apparently elevate the stability of the screw. The maximum axial pulout strength of the pedicle screw was positively correlated with bone cement dosage. After reaching the satisfactory fixation effects, the bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw can reduce bone cement dosage, diminish the risk of bone cement leakage, and have more advantages than DTPSTM pedicle screw.%背景:由于骨质原因及结构特点导致椎弓根螺钉经常出现把持力下降,从而发生松动、拔出,导致内固定失败,因此提高椎弓根螺钉的稳定

  5. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluations of Nano-Hydroxyapatite/Polyamide 66/Glass Fibre (n-HA/PA66/GF) as a Novel Bioactive Bone Screw

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    Su, Bao; Peng, Xiaohua; Jiang, Dianming; Wu, Jun; Qiao, Bo; Li, Weichao; Qi, Xiaotong

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we prepared nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide 66/glass fibre (n-HA/PA66/GF) bioactive bone screws. The microstructure, morphology and coating of the screws were characterised, and the adhesion, proliferation and viability of MC3T3-E1 cells on n-HA/PA66/GF scaffolds were determined using scanning electron microscope, CCK-8 assays and cellular immunofluorescence analysis. The results confirmed that n-HA/PA66/GF scaffolds were biocompatible and had no negative effect on MC3T3-E1 cells...

  6. Quantitative dual-energy CT for phantomless evaluation of cancellous bone mineral density of the vertebral pedicle: correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength

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    Wichmann, Julian L.; Booz, Christian; Bauer, Ralf W.; Kerl, J.M.; Fischer, Sebastian; Lehnert, Thomas; Vogl, Thomas J.; Khan, M.F. [University Hospital Frankfurt, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Wesarg, Stefan [Fraunhofer IGD, Cognitive Computing and Medical Imaging, Darmstadt (Germany); Kafchitsas, Konstantinos [Spine Center, Asklepios Klinik Lindenlohe, Schwandorf (Germany)

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    To evaluate quantitative dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) for phantomless analysis of cancellous bone mineral density (BMD) of vertebral pedicles and to assess the correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength. Twenty-nine thoracic and lumbar vertebrae from cadaver specimens were examined with DECT. Using dedicated post-processing software, a pedicle screw vector was mapped (R1, intrapedicular segment of the pedicle vector; R2, intermediate segment; R3, intracorporal segment; global, all segments) and BMD was calculated. To invasively evaluate pedicle stability, pedicle screws were drilled through both pedicles and left pedicle screw pull-out strength was measured. Resulting values were correlated using the paired t test and Pearson's linear correlation. Average pedicle screw vector BMD (R1, 0.232 g/cm{sup 3}; R2, 0.166 g/cm{sup 3}; R3, 0.173 g/cm{sup 3}; global, 0.236 g/cm{sup 3}) showed significant differences between R1-R2 (P < 0.002) and R1-R3 (P < 0.034) segments while comparison of R2-R3 did not reach significance (P > 0.668). Average screw pull-out strength (639.2 N) showed a far stronger correlation with R1 (r = 0.80; P < 0.0001) than global BMD (r = 0.42; P = 0.025), R2 (r = 0.37; P = 0.048) and R3 (r = -0.33; P = 0.078) segments. Quantitative DECT allows for phantomless BMD assessment of the vertebral pedicle. BMD of the intrapedicular segment shows a significantly stronger correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength than other segments. (orig.)

  7. Quantitative dual-energy CT for phantomless evaluation of cancellous bone mineral density of the vertebral pedicle: correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength

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    To evaluate quantitative dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) for phantomless analysis of cancellous bone mineral density (BMD) of vertebral pedicles and to assess the correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength. Twenty-nine thoracic and lumbar vertebrae from cadaver specimens were examined with DECT. Using dedicated post-processing software, a pedicle screw vector was mapped (R1, intrapedicular segment of the pedicle vector; R2, intermediate segment; R3, intracorporal segment; global, all segments) and BMD was calculated. To invasively evaluate pedicle stability, pedicle screws were drilled through both pedicles and left pedicle screw pull-out strength was measured. Resulting values were correlated using the paired t test and Pearson's linear correlation. Average pedicle screw vector BMD (R1, 0.232 g/cm3; R2, 0.166 g/cm3; R3, 0.173 g/cm3; global, 0.236 g/cm3) showed significant differences between R1-R2 (P < 0.002) and R1-R3 (P < 0.034) segments while comparison of R2-R3 did not reach significance (P > 0.668). Average screw pull-out strength (639.2 N) showed a far stronger correlation with R1 (r = 0.80; P < 0.0001) than global BMD (r = 0.42; P = 0.025), R2 (r = 0.37; P = 0.048) and R3 (r = -0.33; P = 0.078) segments. Quantitative DECT allows for phantomless BMD assessment of the vertebral pedicle. BMD of the intrapedicular segment shows a significantly stronger correlation with pedicle screw pull-out strength than other segments. (orig.)

  8. Biomechanical Comparison of Pedicle Screw Augmented with Different Volumes of Polymethylmethacrylate in Osteoporotic and Severely Osteoporotic Synthetic Bone Blocks in Primary Implantation: An Experimental Study

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    Liu, Da; Zhang, Xiao-jun; Liao, Dong-fa; Zhou, Jiang-jun; Li, Zhi-qiang; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Cai-ru; Lei, Wei; Kang, Xia; Zheng, Wei

    2016-01-01

    This study was designed to compare screw stabilities augmented with different volumes of PMMA and analyze relationship between screw stability and volume of PMMA and optimum volume of PMMA in different bone condition. Osteoporotic and severely osteoporotic synthetic bone blocks were divided into groups A0-A5 and B0-B5, respectively. Different volumes of PMMA were injected in groups A0 to A5 and B0 to B5. Axial pullout tests were performed and Fmax was measured. Fmax in groups A1-A5 were all significantly higher than group A0. Except between groups A1 and A2, A3 and A4, and A4 and A5, there were significant differences on Fmax between any other two groups. Fmax in groups B1-B5 were all significantly higher than group B0. Except between groups B1 and B2, B2 and B3, and B4 and B5, there were significant differences on Fmax between any other two groups. There was significantly positive correlation between Fmax and volume of PMMA in osteoporotic and severely osteoporotic blocks. PMMA can significantly enhance pedicle screw stability in osteoporosis and severe osteoporosis. There were positive correlations between screw stability and volume of PMMA. In this study, injection of 3 mL and 4 mL PMMA was preferred in osteoporotic and severely osteoporotic blocks, respectively. PMID:26885525

  9. 皮质骨通道置椎弓根螺钉技术的研究进展%Cortical bone trajectory for pedicle screws

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    宣俊; 徐道亮; 王向阳

    2016-01-01

    Pedicle screw fixation is widely used in spine surgery, which allows 3⁃dimensional fixation with a more rigid construct and permits a shorter fusion length. However, conventional pedicle screw fixation has some drawbacks, including signifi⁃cant muscle dissection for the exposure of bone marks. Although percutaneous pedicle screw technique can compensate for above defects, it requires an additional approach for decompression and bone graft insertion. Besides, the percutaneous pedicle screw technique depends on intraoperative multiplanar fluoroscopy, which results in high risk of radiation exposure of the surgeons and patients. Screw loosening is a well⁃known complication, especially in osteoporosis patients. Several methods can enhance screw stability, for example, modifying screw design and augmenting vertebral bodies with reinforcing materials that can improve the structural capacity of the deteriorated tissue, however, they also have some disadvantages. Although we can enhance bone⁃screw by modifying screw design, it is not useful in severe osteoporosis patients. At the same time, bone cement can increase pedicle screw axial pullout strength and fatigue resistance, however, it is associated with a number of inherent disadvantages such as its high exothermic polymerizing temperature, toxicity of the monomer, and risk of leakage to the spinal canal. Santoni et al. intro⁃duced cortical bone trajectory (CBT) for lumbar pedicle screw with a new screw design that is shorter and smaller in diameter which has been proposed to maximize the thread contact with this higher density bone surface. In addition, the CBT technique fol⁃lows a caudocephalad path sagittally and a laterally directed path in the transverse plane, engaging only cortical bone in the pedi⁃cle without the involvement of the vertebral body trabecular space. Finally, the screw insertion point of this technique locates around lateral pars, enabling less tissue dissection. Therefore, it can be

  10. Radiological Evaluation of the Initial Fixation between Cortical Bone Trajectory and Conventional Pedicle Screw Technique for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

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    Iwatsuki, Koichi; Ohnishi, Yu-Ichiro; Yoshimine, Toshiki

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose To compare initial fixation using the cortical bone trajectory (CBT) technique versus conventional pedicle screws (PS) in radiographs of postsurgical lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. Overview of Literature Few reports have documented the holding strength of CBT technique for spondylolisthesis cases. Methods From October 2009 to June 2014, 21 cases of degenerative spondylolisthesis were surgically treated in our institution. Ten were treated with conventional PS technique and 11 of with CBT technique. Mean lumbar lordosis and percent slippage were evaluated preoperatively, immediately after surgery, and 6 months and 1 year postoperatively using radiographs. We also investigated percent loss of slip reduction. Results There were statistically significant differences between preoperative percent slippage and postoperative slippage in both PS and CBT procedures over 1 year, and both techniques showed good slip reduction. On the other hand, lumbar lordosis did not change significantly in either the PS or CBT groups over 1 year. Conclusions CBT technique showed similarly good initial fixation compared with the PS procedure in the treatment of lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. PMID:27114765

  11. Assessing the Intraoperative Accuracy of Pedicle Screw Placement by Using a Bone-Mounted Miniature Robot System through Secondary Registration

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    Wu, Chieh-Hsin; Tsai, Cheng-Yu; Chang, Chih-Hui; Lin, Chih-Lung; Tsai, Tai-Hsin

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Pedicle screws are commonly employed to restore spinal stability and correct deformities. The Renaissance robotic system was developed to improve the accuracy of pedicle screw placement. Purpose In this study, we developed an intraoperative classification system for evaluating the accuracy of pedicle screw placements through secondary registration. Furthermore, we evaluated the benefits of using the Renaissance robotic system in pedicle screw placement and postoperative evaluations. Finally, we examined the factors affecting the accuracy of pedicle screw implantation. Results Through use of the Renaissance robotic system, the accuracy of Kirschner-wire (K-wire) placements deviating <3 mm from the planned trajectory was determined to be 98.74%. According to our classification system, the robot-guided pedicle screw implantation attained an accuracy of 94.00% before repositioning and 98.74% after repositioning. However, the malposition rate before repositioning was 5.99%; among these placements, 4.73% were immediately repositioned using the robot system and 1.26% were manually repositioned after a failed robot repositioning attempt. Most K-wire entry points deviated caudally and laterally. Conclusion The Renaissance robotic system offers high accuracy in pedicle screw placement. Secondary registration improves the accuracy through increasing the precision of the positioning; moreover, intraoperative evaluation enables immediate repositioning. Furthermore, the K-wire tends to deviate caudally and laterally from the entry point because of skiving, which is characteristic of robot-assisted pedicle screw placement. PMID:27054360

  12. Fracture fixation with two locking screws versus three non-locking screws

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    Grawe, B.; Le Van, T.; Williamson, S.; Archdeacon, A.; Zardiackas, L

    2012-01-01

    Objectives We aimed to further evaluate the biomechanical characteristics of two locking screws versus three standard bicortical screws in synthetic models of normal and osteoporotic bone. Methods Synthetic tubular bone models representing normal bone density and osteoporotic bone density were used. Artificial fracture gaps of 1 cm were created in each specimen before fixation with one of two constructs: 1) two locking screws using a five-hole locking compression plate (LCP) plate; or 2) thre...

  13. Possible Usage of Cannulated Pedicle Screws without Cement Augmentation

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    Teyfik Demir

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The use of pedicle screws is becoming increasingly popular for spinal surgery practice as the technology advances. Screw pullout due to bone quality and loading conditions is one of the most common problems observed after pedicle screw fixation. Several solutions were studied to prevent screw pullout. These can be investigated under three main categories: screw design, expandable screws and cement augmentation.

  14. In vitro biomechanical study of pedicle screw pull-out strength based on different screw path preparation techniques

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    Mark Moldavsky; Kanaan Salloum; Brandon Bucklen; Saif Khalil; Jwalant S Mehta

    2016-01-01

    Background: Poor screw-to-bone fixation is a clinical problem that can lead to screw loosening. Under-tapping (UT) the pedicle screw has been evaluated biomechanically in the past. The objective of the study was to determine if pedicle preparation with a sequential tapping technique will alter the screw-to-bone fixation strength using a stress relaxation testing loading protocol. Materials and Methods: Three thoracolumbar calf spines were instrumented with pedicle screws that were either p...

  15. An Articulating Tool for Endoscopic Screw Delivery

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    Petrzelka, Joseph Edward; Menon, Manas C.; Stefanov-Wagner, Clara J.; Agarwal, Suresh K.; Chatzigeorgiou, Dimitrios; Lustrino, Michelle E.; Slocum, Alexander H.

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    This paper describes the development of an articulating endoscopic screw driver that can be used to place screws in osteosynthetic plates during thoracoscopic surgery. The device is small enough to be used with a 12 mm trocar sleeve and transmits sufficient torque to fully secure bone screws. The articulating joint enables correct screw alignment at obtuse angles, up to 60 deg from the tool axis. A novel articulating joint is presented, wherein a flexible shaft both transmits torque and actua...

  16. 中空加压螺钉及带旋髂深血管髂骨移位对青壮年股骨颈骨折髋关节功能恢复的影响%Effect of canulate compression bone screws and iliac bone flap with deep iliac circumflex vessel on functional restoration of hip joint after femoral neck fracture of young people

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    袁宏伟; 叶应荣

    2002-01-01

    Objective To retrospect therapeutic effects of iliac flap with deep iliac circumflex vessel with canulate compression bone screws internal fixation on femoral neck fracture of young people. Method 34 cases of femoral neck fracture had been treated with pedicle bone flap with deep iliac circumflex artery and canulate bone screws internal fixation. Result By follow-up for 1 to 1.5 years, 32 cases were healing by first intention, and patients obtained satisfactory joint function. Conclusion Femoral neck fracture can be treated by transplanting pedicle bone flap with deep iliac circumflex vessel and canulate bone screws internal fixation.

  17. A Biomechanical Comparison of Expansive Pedicle Screws for Severe Osteoporosis: The Effects of Screw Design and Cement Augmentation.

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    Tai, Ching-Lung; Tsai, Tsung-Ting; Lai, Po-Liang; Chen, Yi-Lu; Liu, Mu-Yi; Chen, Lih-Huei

    2015-01-01

    Expansive pedicle screws significantly improve fixation strength in osteoporotic spines. However, the previous literature does not adequately address the effects of the number of lengthwise slits and the extent of screw expansion on the strength of the bone/screw interface when expansive screws are used with or without cement augmentation. Herein, four designs for expansive pedicle screws with different numbers of lengthwise slits and different screw expansion levels were evaluated. Synthetic bones simulating severe osteoporosis were used to provide a comparative platform for each screw design. The prepared specimens were then tested for axial pullout failure. Regardless of screw design, screws with cement augmentation demonstrated significantly higher pullout strength than pedicle screws without cement augmentation (p screws without cement augmentation, solid screws exhibited the lowest pullout strength compared to the four expansive groups (p screws with different designs (p > 0.05). Taken together, our results show that pedicle screws combined with cement augmentation may greatly increase screw fixation regardless of screws with or without expansion. An increase in both the number of slits and the extent of screw expansion had little impact on the screw-anchoring strength. Cement augmentation is the most influential factor for improving screw pullout strength. PMID:26720724

  18. geneX®骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉体内的实验研究%The experiment study of geneX® bone cement augmentation of pedicle screw in animal model

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    张树芳; 江建明; 陈荣春; 朱青安; 黄志平

    2015-01-01

    目的:通过动物实验,评估新型带负电荷硫酸钙/β-磷酸三钙复合骨水泥(geneX®)用于强化体内椎弓根螺钉的生物力学性质变化及可行性。方法选取6只健康山羊腰椎L1~5双侧共30个椎弓根随机分为3组:geneX®组,聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯骨水泥(Polymethylmethacrylate,PMMA)组,空白对照组,每组10个椎弓根。术后3个月处死动物取材行Mirco-CT检查、组织学检查及生物力学实验。结果轴向拔出力实验:geneX®组(803±155) N, PMMA组为(994±122) N,两者差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。两组均明显高于对照组的(524±118) N,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。组织学观察及Mirco-CT显示geneX®组中螺钉周围骨水泥已经完全降解、吸收,骨小梁排列致密,成熟骨小梁附近可见大量新生骨组织,明显优于对照组及PMMA组。结论 geneX®骨水泥可有效强化椎弓根螺钉内固定的强度,其强化作用随时间推移而增强,对防止骨质疏松症患者内固定的拔出发生率有重要意义。%Objective To evaluate the long-term in vivo biomechanical effects of a newly developed biphasic calcium composite bone cement (geneX®)with a negative surface charge augmentation of pedicle screw. Methods Bilateral pedicles of lumbar vertebrae (L1~5) of 6 female sheep were fi xed with pedicle screws. One pedicle of each vertebral body was treated with a screw augmented with either geneX®(geneX® group) or PMMA (PMMA group) and the contralateral pedicle was treated with a screw without any augmentation (control group). Three months later, the sheep were killed and biomechanical tests, micro-CT analysis and histological observation were conducted on the isolated specimen vertebrae. Results Both the axial and vertical stabilities of the pedicle screws in geneX® group were significantly enhanced compared with those in the control group (P<0.05). Micro-CT reconstruction and analysis showed that there were more bone

  19. Therapeutic efficacy of pedicle screw-rod internal fixation after one-stage posterior transforaminal lesion debridement and non-structural bone grafting for tuberculosis of lumbar vertebra

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    Jia-ming LIU

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of pedicle screw-rod internal fixation after one-stage posterior transforaminal lesion debridement and non-structural bone grafting in the treatment of tuberculosis of mono-segmental lumbar vertebra. Methods From January 2010 to April 2013, 21 patients (9 males and 12 females with an average age of 49.1 years with mono-segmental tuberculosis of lumbar vertebra underwent surgery in our hospital were included. Eight patients had neurological deficit. The focus of tuberculosis was located on one side of the vertebral body, and all the patients had obvious signs of bone destruction on CT and MRI. All the patients were given anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy for 2-3 weeks before surgery. The local bone chips and autologous iliac cancellous bone were used as the intervertebral bone graft. Postoperative plain radiographs and CT were obtained to evaluate the fusion rate and degree of lumbar lordosis. The visual analogue scale score (VAS, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, and C-reactive protein (CRP before and after operation, and at final follow-up date were recorded. Results All the patients were followed up for 25.3±4.2 months. The mean operation time was 157±39 minutes, and the average blood loss was 470±143ml. The fusion rate of the interbody bone graft was 95.2%, with an average fusion period of 6.1±2.5 months. The neurological function was improved by 100%, and no severe complication or neurological injury occured. The preoperative and postoperative lordosis angles of the lumbar spine were 21.4°±5.7° and 33.6°±3.1°, respectively, and it was 31.3°±2.7° at the final follow up. The preoperative and postoperative VAS scores were 7.8±2.6 and 2.4±1.7 respectively, and it was 0.9±0.7 at the final follow up. The ESR and CRP were significantly decreased 3 months after surgery, and they became normal at 6 months. Conclusion Pedicle screw-rod internal fixation after one-stage posterior

  20. Influence of screw holes and gamma sterilization on properties of phosphate glass fiber-reinforced composite bone plates.

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    Han, Na; Ahmed, Ifty; Parsons, Andrew J; Harper, Lee; Scotchford, Colin A; Scammell, Brigitte E; Rudd, Chris D

    2013-05-01

    Polymers prepared from polylactic acid (PLA) have found a multitude of uses as medical devices. For a material that degrades, the main advantage is that an implant would not necessitate a second surgical event for removal. In this study, fibers produced from a quaternary phosphate-based glass (PBG) in the system 50P2O5-40CaO-5Na2O-5Fe2O3 were used to reinforce PLA polymer. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of screw holes in a range of PBG-reinforced PLA composites with varying fiber layup and volume fraction. The flexural properties obtained showed that the strength and modulus values increased with increasing fiber volume fraction; from 96 MPa to 320 MPa for strength and between 4 GPa and 24 GPa for modulus. Furthermore, utilizing a larger number of thinner unidirectional (UD) fiber prepreg layers provided a significant increase in mechanical properties, which was attributed to enhanced wet out and thus better fiber dispersion during production. The effect of gamma sterilization via flexural tests showed no statistically significant difference between the sterilized and nonsterilized samples, with the exception of the modulus values for samples with screw holes. Degradation profiles revealed that samples with screw holes degraded faster than those without screw holes due to an increased surface area for the plates with screw holes in PBS up to 30 days. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis revealed fiber pullout before and after degradation. Compared with various fiber impregnation samples, with 25% volume fraction, 8 thinner unidirectional prepreg stacked samples had the shortest fiber pull-out lengths in comparison to the other samples investigated. PMID:22207606

  1. [Cement augmentation of pedicle screws : Pros and cons].

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    Schnake, K J; Blattert, T R; Liljenqvist, U

    2016-09-01

    Cement augmentation of pedicle screws biomechanically increases screw purchase in the bone. However, clinical complications may occur. The pros and cons of the technique are discussed from different clinical perspectives. PMID:27514827

  2. Design and biomechanical study of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw%新型可注射骨水泥椎弓根螺钉的设计及生物力学研究

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    刘瑶瑶; 孙东; 罗飞; 张泽华; 代飞; 许建中

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨一种新型可注射骨水泥椎弓根螺钉(bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw,CICPS)的设计和生物力学性能,为骨质疏松脊柱疾病的内固定治疗提供一种安全有效的新选择. 方法 (1)在体外、骨质疏松松质骨模型和椎体标本内行骨水泥注射实验,X线片、CT观察骨水泥分布和钉-骨界面情况.(2)取10枚灌注骨水泥后的CICPS和普通椎弓根螺钉行剪切力试验.(3)在松质骨模型中用2~3ml骨水泥强化CICPS行轴向拔出力试验,与普通椎弓根螺钉进行比较. 结果 CICPS各个侧孔均有骨水泥流出,且仅分布于螺钉前部,弥散均匀广泛,未见骨水泥渗漏.CICPS的剪切力为(10600.8±360.1)N,普通螺钉为(15 458.1±311.4)N(P<0.05).CICPS的最大轴向拔出力为(209.3±13.3)N,普通螺钉为(27.0±5.0)N(P<0.05).结论 CICPS使骨水泥弥散均匀一致,减少骨水泥渗漏风险,并可显著提高骨质疏松椎体中椎弓根螺钉的把持力.CICPS具有良好的有效性和安全性,为其临床应用提供了理论基础.%Objective To investigate the design and mechanical properties of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw (CICPS) so as to provide a safe and effective internal fixation for osteoporotic spinal disorder. Methods ( 1 ) Bone cement injection test was performed in vitro,and within osteoporotic cancellous bone models and osteoporotic vertebrae respectively.The distribution of bone cement and screw-bone interface were observed by X-ray films and CT.(2) Ten CICPSs already injected with bone cement and ten conventional pedicle screws were respectively examined by shear strength test.(3) CICPS in the cancellous bone models was augmented with 2-3 ml of bone cement.Then,the maximum axial pull-out strength of the CICPS was measured and were compared with that of conventional screws. Results Bone cement overflowed from each side hole of the CICPS and distributed only around the front of screws in an even and extensive

  3. A new variant of scaphoid reconstruction: Treatment of scaphoid non-union with avascular bone interponate and high compression screw (Synthes

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    Eder, Christian

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Scaphoid fractures as frequently overseen injuries often result in scaphoid non-unions, that need to be treated to prevent carpal collapse and secondary cartilage damage. Vital bone tissue and compression of fracture and bone graft ends seem to be crucial in for ossification and final bone healing. In the present study we compare our results using a high compression screw (HCS Synthes to results in the literature using different kinds of internal fixation including compression screws of various types. We present 22 patients with scaphoid non-unions treated with a bone graft and a HCS Synthes. We evaluated our post-operative results. The Manchester-Modified Disability of the Shoulder, Arm and Hand–Score (M-Dash imposed with an average of 29.8 points (MD=29 / SD=9.46 / MIN=18 / MAX=48. None of the re-evaluated patients sorrowed for pain in rest. Five patients stated pain (ranging from 4 to 8 on numeric analogue scale after heavy burden (e.g. boxing, weight lifting.In exploring the range of motion of the operated hand we deliver the following results: dorsal extension: average 72.73° (MD=80° / SD=17.23° / MIN=30° / MAX=85°, flexion: average 73.64° (MD=80° / SD=8.97° / MIN=60° / MAX=80°, ulnar deviation: average 39.09°, (MD=40° / SD=2.02° / MIN=35° / MAX=40°, radial deviation: average 29.09°, (MD=30° / SD=3.01° / MIN=20° / MAX=30°. Additionally a performance testing was conducted: fist clenching sign: complete without pain in 100%, pinch grip: complete in 100%, moderate pain in n=1 (8.33%, opposition digitus manus I–V complete in 100%, moderate pain n=2 (16.67%. Three patients with persisting fracture gap had a scaphoid bone fractured in the proximal third; one patient even with a very small proximal fragment. One persisting non-union was localized in the middle third (period between injury and operation = . In conclusion, our patients showed better healing rates compared to results presented in the literature. Non

  4. Scaphoid Fracture Fixation with an Acutrak(®) Screw.

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    Loving, Vilert A; Richardson, Michael L

    2006-01-01

    We report a case of fixation of a scaphoid fracture using an Acutrak(®) screw. This screw is cannulated and headless, which allows it to be implanted below the surface of the bone. It uses the same concept of variable thread pitch as the Herbert screw, but unlike the Herbert screw, is fully threaded, with continuously varying pitch along its length. This variable pitch creates constant compression across a fracture as the screw is advanced, and gives the screw its unique appearance. This feature may improve internal holding power, as well as allow a fracture or osteotomy site to lie anywhere along the length of the screw. PMID:27298683

  5. Orientation of the "Lisfranc screw".

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    Panchbhavi, Vinod K

    2012-11-01

    The reduction and stabilization of diastases between the medial cuneiform and the base of second metatarsal after a Lisfranc ligament injury is a crucial objective in the open reduction and internal fixation of these injuries. To achieve this objective, a single screw is used. The present practice is to insert the screw directed from the medial cuneiform bone into the base of the second metatarsal. This technique trick describes an easier method of insertion of the screw and one that possibly provides a better fixation. PMID:22549028

  6. A Biomechanical Comparison of Expansive Pedicle Screws for Severe Osteoporosis: The Effects of Screw Design and Cement Augmentation.

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    Ching-Lung Tai

    Full Text Available Expansive pedicle screws significantly improve fixation strength in osteoporotic spines. However, the previous literature does not adequately address the effects of the number of lengthwise slits and the extent of screw expansion on the strength of the bone/screw interface when expansive screws are used with or without cement augmentation. Herein, four designs for expansive pedicle screws with different numbers of lengthwise slits and different screw expansion levels were evaluated. Synthetic bones simulating severe osteoporosis were used to provide a comparative platform for each screw design. The prepared specimens were then tested for axial pullout failure. Regardless of screw design, screws with cement augmentation demonstrated significantly higher pullout strength than pedicle screws without cement augmentation (p 0.05. Taken together, our results show that pedicle screws combined with cement augmentation may greatly increase screw fixation regardless of screws with or without expansion. An increase in both the number of slits and the extent of screw expansion had little impact on the screw-anchoring strength. Cement augmentation is the most influential factor for improving screw pullout strength.

  7. 人工骨或自体骨移植联合椎弓根钉内固定修复脊柱结核%Artificial bone or autologous bone grafting combined with pedicle screw fixation for repair of spinal tuberculosis

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    姜棚菲; 翟文斌

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:With the development of fixation materials and technology, scholars began to use artificial bone materials combined with pedicle screw fixation in the repair of spinal tuberculosis. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the characteristics of artificial bone materials combined with pedicle screw fixation in the repair of spinal tuberculosis. METHODS:The literatures about artificial bone graft materials in repair of spinal tuberculosis were retrieved from CNKI and PubMed database during 1985 to 2014 by computer. The keywords were “spinal tuberculosis, bone transplantation, internal fixation” in Chinese and English, respectively. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:In the repair of spinal tuberculosis using artificial bone materials combined with pedicle screw fixation, autologous bone is the gold standard for bone grafting, presenting with no immune rejection. To avoid the occurrence of limited bone mass, pain and other complications, however, artificial bone materials have been extensively studied. Currently used artificial materials mainly include titanium and its aloys, hydroxyapatite composites and medical calcium sulfate, which al have good biocompatibility. But there are stil certain limitations and shortcomings.%背景:随着内固定材料和内固定技术的发展,越来越多的国内外学者开始应用人工骨材料联合椎弓根钉内固定修复脊柱结核。目的:综述人工骨修复材料联合椎弓根内固定修复脊柱结核的特点。方法:应用计算机检索CNKI和PubMed数据库1985至2014年有关人工骨移植材料修复脊椎结核方面的文献,中文关键词为“脊椎结核、骨移植、内固定”,英文关键词为“Spinal tuberculosis,Bone graft,Fixation”。结果与结论:在骨修复材料联合椎弓根内固定修复脊柱结核中,自体骨是骨移植的金标准,无免疫排斥反应,但为了避免自体骨取骨量有限、取骨后疼痛等并发症的发生,人工骨材料得到了广泛

  8. Biomechanical evaluation of dynamic hip screw with bone cement augmentation in normal bone%骨水泥强化正常骨质DHS固定的生物力学研究

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    黎宁; 彭阿钦; 聂喜增; 李锋; 赵永涛; 毕靖博; 韩长伶

    2008-01-01

    背景:DHS是治疗股骨转子间骨折的标准内固定,对于伴有骨质疏松的骨折,容易发生拉力螺钉切割.国内外文献建议骨水泥强化DHS以达到坚强内固定,但是对于正常骨质,骨水泥强化是否有效还缺少报道.目的:选取正常骨密度的股骨转子间骨折标本,观察骨水泥强化对DHS固定的生物力学影响.设计、时间及地点:同一标本两侧对比观察实验,于2005-03/05在河北省骨科研究所生物力学实验室完成.材料:选取河北医科大学解剖教研室提供的成年男性防腐尸体双侧股骨上段标本.X射线证实无结核、畸形、肿瘤.方法:取成年男性防腐尸体双侧股骨上段标本24对48侧,制备A2型股骨转子间骨折模型.右侧标本行骨水泥强化DHS固定(在股骨头近端钉道用刮匙扩大.股骨头朝下,注入2mL低黏稠度骨水泥,拧入拉力螺钉,保持位置不变直至骨水泥凝固.置入套筒,拧紧尾钉适当加压,皮质骨螺钉固定钢板),为强化组;左侧行DHS常规固定,为对照组.两组标本进行弯曲强度试验及扭转强度试验.主要观察指标:两组标本的最大负荷及最大扭矩.结果:强化组最大负荷及最大扭矩与对照组比较,差异均无统计学意义[最大负荷分别为:(3852.1602±143.6031)N和(3702.9667±133.8601)N;最大扭矩分别为(15.5±2.6)N·m,(14.7±3.4)N·m, P>0.0⑤.结论:对于正常骨密度的股骨转子间骨折,骨水泥强化对DHS固定强度及骨折整体稳定性无显著的影响.%BACKGROUND: Dynamic hip screw (DHS) is a standard internal fixation for intertrochanteric fracture, whereas the patient combined with osteoporosis, cut-out incidence of lag screw is common. The articles in China and abroad indicate bone cement augmentation of DHS to achieve firm fixation. As for normal bone, no reports is published that whether bone cement augmentation is effective.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the biomechanics of DHS with bone cement augmentation for

  9. Bone cement and bone grafting in nail path to strengthen dynamic hip screw fixation for senile osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture%骨水泥、钉道植骨强化动力髋螺钉固定修复老年骨质疏松性股骨转子间骨折

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    林周胜; 孙鸿涛; 夏雄智; 江成; 黎飞猛

    2015-01-01

    背景:对于老年骨质疏松性髋部骨折的动力髋螺钉固定,如能避免使用过程中造成的骨量丢失,或是采用其他手段增加固定螺钉把持力,将改善动力髋螺钉固定的治疗效果。目的:对比研究3种固定方式修复老年骨质疏松性股骨转子间骨折的效果。方法:回顾性分析近5年来采用常规动力髋螺钉内固定、骨水泥强化后动力髋螺钉固定及主钉道压配植骨配合动力髋螺钉固定3种固定方式治疗老年骨质疏松性股骨转子间骨折患者的资料,分别设为对照组、骨水泥组和植骨组。结果与结论:经固定后2年随访,植骨组、骨水泥组和对照组Harris髋关节功能评分优良率分别为95%,80%,70%。植骨组骨折临床愈合时间明显缩短(P <0.05),出现螺钉固定失败情况与骨水泥组相当。对照组较其他2组相对更多出现退钉等内固定失败情况。结果表明,与其他常规动力髋螺钉内固定、骨水泥强化后动力髋螺钉固定方式相比较,主钉道压配植骨配合动力髋螺钉内固定的疗效及安全性更好。%BACKGROUND:In dynamic hip screw fixation for treating aged osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture, avoiding the loss of bone mass, or by other means that can increase the fixed screw pulout strength, wil improve the therapeutic effect of dynamic hip screw fixation. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of three kinds of repair methods on aged osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture. METHODS:Data of aged osteoporosis intertrochanteric fracture patients, who received conventional dynamic hip screw fixation, bone cement augmentation with dynamic hip screw fixation and bone grafting with dynamic hip screw fixation, were retrospectively analyzed. They were divided into control group, bone cement group and bone grafting group. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:After two years of folow-up, the excelent and good rates of Harris hip function were 95%, 80% and 70% in

  10. Histomorphometric analysis of bone tissue repair in rabbits after insertion of titanium screws under different torque Estudo histomorfométrico do reparo tecidual ósseo de coelhos com parafusos de titânio inseridos sob diferentes intensidades de torques

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    Fabrício Togni; Fabíola Baras; Marina de Oliveira Ribas; Murched Omar Taha

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the inflammatory response of rabbit bone after insertion of titanium screws under different torque values. METHODS: Four holes were made in the back tibia of fifteen New Zealand male albino rabbits; three screws were placed in each animal and a control hole remained without a screw. The screws were inserted with 0, 5 or 10 N.cm of torque. The animals were assigned to five groups according to the day of sacrifice after surgery (2, 7, 14, 21 or 42 days). The inflammatory ce...

  11. A processing method for orthodontic mini-screws reuse

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    Saeed Noorollahian

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Cleaning of used mini-screws with phosphoric acid 37% (10 minutes and sodium hypochlorite 5.25% (30 minutes reduces tissue remnants to the level of as-received mini-screws. So it can be suggested as a processing method of used mini-screws. Previous insertion of mini-screws into the bone and above-mentioned processing method and resterilization with autoclave had no adverse effects on insertion, removal, and fracture torque values as mechanical properties indices.

  12. 骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定对骨质疏松患者有利无弊?★%Pedicle screw fixation augmented with bone cement benefits osteoporosis patients?

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    岳文峰; 夏虹; 王建华

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND:During the pedicle screw fixation for lumbar disease patients accompanied with osteoporosis, addition of bone cement in osteoporotic vertebral body can significantly increase the stability of internal fixation, but the effect on adjacent segments is not clear. OBJECTIVE:To observe the effect on adjacent segments of osteoporosis patients after pedicle screw fixation augmented with bone cement in early and medium-term fol ow-up period. METHODS:We reviewed the medical information of 87 patients suffering from lumbar disease accompanied with osteoporosis who underwent operation of pedicle screw fixation and posterior lumbar spinal decompression, and the patients were divided into three groups:conventional pedicle screw group, conventional pedicle screw+bone cement group, novel perfusional pedicle screw+bone cement group. The samples were fol owed-up for 6-18 months, averaged 9 months. The Oswestry disability index, intervertebral distance of the upper adjacent segments, deformation index of the upper adjacent vertebral body, concave angle of the fixed lumbar vertebrae superior end-plate and the upper adjacent vertebral body inferior end-plate, and Cobb angle were measured before operation, at 3 days postoperation and during final fol ow-up. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The Oswestry disability index of the final fol ow-up in the three groups were decreased when compared with that before operation (P0.05). This showed that in posterior spinal fixation operation, there was no significant difference in the early and medium-term subjective effect between addition of bone cement or not and different adding ways, and addition of bone cement or not and different adding ways could remarkably improve the life quality of the patients. The change of Cobb angle of fixed lumbar vertebrae between the final fol ow-up and 3 days after operation in conventional pedicle screw+bone cement group and novel perfusional pedicle screw+bone cement group was both less than that in the

  13. 骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定L1压缩性骨折:与单纯椎弓根螺钉固定的比较%Pedicle screw fixation with bone cementversus pedicle screw fixation alone for L1 compression fractures

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    亚力坤•亚森

    2015-01-01

    背景:椎体成形术与椎弓根螺钉内固定都是胸腰椎骨折的有效修复方案,但胸腰椎压缩性骨折内固定取出后脊柱角度丢失是较为常见的并发症,经皮椎体成形术可能是预防脊柱角度丢失的较好选择。  目的:观察骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉置入内固定修复L1压缩性骨折的临床疗效及并发症,并与单纯椎弓根螺钉内固定比较。  方法:纳入L1压缩性骨折患者76例,根据内固定修复方案分为两组,经皮椎体成形组40例行骨水泥联合椎弓根螺钉置入内固定治疗,单纯椎弓根内固定组36例仅行椎弓根螺钉置入内固定治疗。比较两组的修复效果,置入后即刻、置入后3,6个月以伤椎为中心进行MRI检查测量Cobb角、伤椎椎体前缘高度,同时记录目测类比评分;另外了解有无内固定松动断裂。  结果与结论:两组患者随访6个月内均获骨性愈合,无螺钉松动、折断。两组置入后6个月损伤节段后凸Cobb角、伤椎椎体前缘高度均较置入前明显改善(P0.05)。表明应用骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉内固定及椎弓根钉内固定修复L1压缩性均可获得满意复位,重建椎体高度。但抗压稳定性结果表明应用骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉内固定的固定效果更好一些,未见短期断钉、矫正丢失等并发症,椎体骨水泥灌注可提高椎弓根螺钉置入后的稳定性。%BACKGROUND:Vertebroplasty and edicle screw fixation are effective repair methods for thoracolumbar fractures. Spine angle loss is a more common complication after removal of implant for thoracolumbar compression fractures. Percutaneous vertebroplasty may be a better choice for preventing spine angle loss. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the clinical curative effect and complication of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement for repair of L1 compression fractures, and to compare with pedicle screw fixation alone. METHODS: A total

  14. Pullout strength of pedicle screws with cement augmentation in severe osteoporosis: A comparative study between cannulated screws with cement injection and solid screws with cement pre-filling

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pedicle screws with PMMA cement augmentation have been shown to significantly improve the fixation strength in a severely osteoporotic spine. However, the efficacy of screw fixation for different cement augmentation techniques, namely solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling versus cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation, remains unknown. This study aimed to determine the difference in pullout strength between conical and cylindrical screws based on the aforementioned cement augmentation techniques. The potential loss of fixation upon partial screw removal after screw insertion was also examined. Method The Taguchi method with an L8 array was employed to determine the significance of design factors. Conical and cylindrical pedicle screws with solid or cannulated designs were installed using two different screw augmentation techniques: solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling and cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation. Uniform synthetic bones (test block simulating severe osteoporosis were used to provide a platform for each screw design and cement augmentation technique. Pedicle screws at full insertion and after a 360-degree back-out from full insertion were then tested for axial pullout failure using a mechanical testing machine. Results The results revealed the following 1 Regardless of the screw outer geometry (conical or cylindrical, solid screws with retrograde cement pre-filling exhibited significantly higher pullout strength than did cannulated screws with cement injection through perforation (p = 0.0129 for conical screws; p = 0.005 for cylindrical screws. 2 For a given cement augmentation technique (screws without cement augmentation, cannulated screws with cement injection or solid screws with cement pre-filling, no significant difference in pullout strength was found between conical and cylindrical screws (p >0.05. 3 Cement infiltration into the open cell of

  15. 骨水泥强化治疗骨质疏松症伴脊柱侧弯疗效分析%Effects of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement tract augmentation on scoliolosis accompanying osteoporosis

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    丁金勇; 洪少勇; 晋大祥; 梁德; 江晓兵

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨对伴骨质疏松症的退行性脊柱侧弯病人行后路减压、骨水泥强化钉道椎弓根内固定融合治疗的临床疗效.方法 2006-10-2009-07收治伴骨质疏松症的退变性脊柱侧弯患者18例,女11例,男7例,平均年龄64.5岁,均冠状面畸形,Cobb's角>15°或合并椎体旋转半脱位以及合并椎体骨质疏松性病理性骨折.手术采取部分椎板切除,松解神经根以充分减压,骨水泥强化钉道的椎弓根长节段钉棒系统进行矫形,记录手术前后Cobb's角、前凸角,手术前后进行ODI评分.结果 所有病例切口均Ⅰ期愈合,无感染或深静脉血栓等近期并发症;进行24~54个月随访(平均36个月),未出现断钉、断棒,及椎弓根钉拔出、松动、融合节段假关节形成或感染等远期并发症.患者术后冠状面Cobb's角均低于术前(P<0.05),腰椎矢状面前凸角均高于术前(P<0.05),ODI综合评分均低于术前(P<0.05).结论 在充分减压消除症状的基础上,用骨水泥强化钉道进行侧弯的矫形,可以获得脊柱平衡并能够避免矫形的丢失.%Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of the treatment that part or full laminecto-my and correction with posterior long segment pedicle screw/rod internal fixation system by augmentation and restoration with bone cement in the screw tract and posterolateral or intervertebral spinal fusion, about degenerative scoliolosis accompanying with osteoporosis. Methods Eighteen patients, 11 females and 7 males (average age of 643 years),with degenerative scoliosis accompanying by osteoporosis were selected from our hospital, between October 2006 and July 2009. The patients were treated with part or full laminectomy and posterior long segment pedicle screw/rod internal fixation system by augmentation and restoration with bone cement in the screw tract and posterolateral or intervertebral spinal fusion. Result All cases were followed up for 36 months (range 24-54 months). No

  16. Biomechanical and Histological Evaluation of Roughened Surface Titanium Screws Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting

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    Yang, Jun; Cai, Hong; Lv, Jia; Zhang, Ke; Leng, Huijie; Wang, Zhiguo; Liu, Zhongjun

    2014-01-01

    Background Various fabrication methods are used to improve the stability and osseointegration of screws within the host bone. The aim of this study was to investigate whether roughened surface titanium screws fabricated by electron beam melting can provide better stability and osseointegration as compared with smooth titanium screws in sheep cervical vertebrae. Methods Roughened surface titanium screws, fabricated by electron beam melting, and conventional smooth surface titanium screws were ...

  17. 骨水泥和纳米骨浆强化椎弓根螺钉植入固定骨质疏松椎体的生物力学特点%Bone cement and nano bone putty strengthen pedicle screw implantation in the fixation of osteoporotic vertebral body:biomechanical characteristics

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    卢小兵; 孟祥翔

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Nano bone putty and bone cement injection are two common methods to strengthen the fixation of pedicle screws, but there are relatively few reports on the comparison of their strengthening effects. OBJECTIVE:To compare the biomechanical characteristics of bone cement and nano bone putty strengthening pedicle screw implantation in the fixation of osteoporotic vertebral body. METHODS: Totaly 24 human cadaveric pedicles were obtained, which were al in line with osteoporosis standards, and randomly divided into 3 groups: control group (only implanted pedicle screws), bone cement group (first injected bone cement in the nail channel, and then implanted pedicle screws) and nano bone putty group (first injected nano bone putty in the nail channel, and then implanted pedicle screws). After 2 hours of implantation, the maximum axial pulout strength and the maximum rotation torque of specimens in each group were determined. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The maximum axial pulout strength and maximum rotation torque of the bone cement and the nano bone putty groups were greater than those of the control group (P < 0.05), and the maximum axial pulout strength and the maximum rotation torque of the bone cement group were greater than those of the nano bone putty group (P < 0.05). These results demonstrate that the maximum axial pulout strength and the maximum rotation torque of pedicle screw implantation in the fixation of osteoporotic vertebral body can be effectively improved by injection of bone cement and nano bone putty, and the strengthening effect of bone cement is more obvious. %背景:纳米骨浆和骨水泥注入是强化椎弓根螺钉固定的两种常用方法,但目前关于两种加强方法的强化效果比较的报道相对较少。目的:对比骨水泥或纳米骨浆强化椎弓根螺钉植入固定骨质疏松椎体的生物力学特点。方法:取24个人尸体椎弓根,均符合骨质疏松标准,随机均分为3组,对照组仅植

  18. A laboratory investigation to assess the influence of cement augmentation of screw and plate fixation in a simulation of distal femoral fracture of osteoporotic and non-osteoporotic bone.

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    Wähnert, D; Lange, J H; Schulze, M; Gehweiler, D; Kösters, C; Raschke, M J

    2013-10-01

    The augmentation of fixation with bone cement is increasingly being used in the treatment of severe osteoporotic fractures. We investigated the influence of bone quality on the mechanics of augmentation of plate fixation in a distal femoral fracture model (AO 33 A3 type). Eight osteoporotic and eight non-osteoporotic femoral models were randomly assigned to either an augmented or a non-augmented group. Fixation was performed using a locking compression plate. In the augmented group additionally 1 ml of bone cement was injected into the screw hole before insertion of the screw. Biomechanical testing was performed in axial sinusoidal loading. Augmentation significantly reduced the cut-out distance in the osteoporotic models by about 67% (non-augmented mean 0.30 mm (sd 0.08) vs augmented 0.13 mm (sd 0.06); p = 0.017). There was no statistical reduction in this distance following augmentation in the non-osteoporotic models (non-augmented mean 0.15 mm (sd 0.02) vs augmented 0.15 mm (sd 0.07); p = 0.915). In the osteoporotic models, augmentation significantly increased stability (p = 0.017). PMID:24078541

  19. Biomechanical analysis of a novel perfusional pedicle screw augmentation with bone cement in osteo-porotic vertebra%可灌注骨水泥椎弓根螺钉的生物力学研究

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    杨惠林; 王志荣; 王根林; 朱若夫; 吴树华; 王以进; 唐天驷

    2009-01-01

    Objective To clarify the biomechanical stability of novel perfusional pedicle screw (NPPS) in spinal vertebrae with osteoporosis. Methods Forty-two vertebrae (T to L) obtained from 6 for-malin preserved cadavers (5 males and 1 females; mean age, 73 years) were used. The mean bone mineral density was (0.696±0.14) g/cm2. The NPPS was inserted into one pediele of each vertebra, then early-dough-time cement 2 ml was perfused with the bone cement pusher and perfusion tube under X-ray into the verte-bra body through the hollow part of NPPS, and the control screw, an improved CD2 screw, was inserted into the contralateral pedicle. Three vertebrae were chose to observe the distribution of cement, and the other 39 vertebrae were randomly divided into three groups to make the pull-out test, rotating-out torque test, and cyclic bending resistance test respectively. Ten novel perfusional pedicle screws and ten control screws were respectively examined by three-point bend test. Results Cement perfused around the side holes of the distal screw in all vertebral body and no cement leakage occurred. The mean maximum force at pull-out was (760± 178) N for the NPPS and (355±87) N for the control screw. The mean maximum rotating-out torque was (1.347±0.377) N'm for the NPPS and (0.488±0.205) N'm for the control screw. In cyclic bending resistance test, the NPPS was found to withstand a greater number of cycles or greater loading before loosening. About 30.8% (4/13) of the NPPS became loosing (displacement>2.000 mm), the mean load of the loosening screws was (150±46) N and the mean displacement of the non-loosening screws was (0.661±0.289) mm. All of the control screws were loosening among 50-200 N before 800 cycles. Conclusion The manipulation of NPPS is simple with the application of cement pusher and perfusion tube. It is effective in the control of cement leakage and could enhance the fixation stability of the pedicel screw significantly in osteoporotic vertebrae. The

  20. Results of screw fixation combined with cortical drilling for treatment of dorsal cortical stress fractures of the third metacarpal bone in 56 Thoroughbred racehorses

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate screw fixation with cortical drilling as a surgical treatment for dorsal cortical stress fractures of MCIII in the Thoroughbred racehorse. Details of age, sex, limb affected, fracture assessment, and post operative recommendations were obtained from medical records and radiographs. Fracture healing was assessed radiographically at the time of screw removal. Performance evaluation was determined from race records obtained from The Jockey Club Information System, Lexington, Kentucky. Fifty-six Thoroughbred racehorses were treated surgically for stress fracture of MCIII with screw fixation and cortical drilling. Stress fractures occurred primarily in the left front limb of the male 3-year-olds, in the dorsolateral cortex of the middle third of MCIII. Ninety-seven percent of the fractures travelled in a dorsodistal to palmaroproximal direction. Median period to screw removal was 2.0 months. Evaluation at time of screw removal revealed 98% of single stress fractures of the left front limb were healed radiographically. Median period to resume training was 2.75 months (single stress fractures); median period to race was 7.62 months. There was no statistically significant difference in earnings/start before and after surgical intervention. Of the 63 fractures treated, two recurred. There were no catastrophic failures, and no incisional infections

  1. Reinforcement of osteosynthesis screws with brushite cement.

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    Van Landuyt, P; Peter, B; Beluze, L; Lemaître, J

    1999-08-01

    The fixation of osteosynthesis screws remains a severe problem for fracture repair among osteoporotic patients. Polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) is routinely used to improve screw fixation, but this material has well-known drawbacks such as monomer toxicity, exothermic polymerization, and nonresorbability. Calcium phosphate cements have been developed for several years. Among these new bone substitution materials, brushite cements have the advantage of being injectable and resorbable. The aim of this study is to assess the reinforcement of osteosynthesis screws with brushite cement. Polyurethane foams, whose density is close to that of cancellous bone, were used as bone model. A hole was tapped in a foam sample, then brushite cement was injected. Trabecular osteosynthesis screws were inserted. After 24 h of aging in water, the stripping force was measured by a pull-out test. Screws (4.0 and 6.5 mm diameter) and two foam densities (0.14 and 0.28 g/cm3) were compared. Cements with varying solid/liquid ratios and xanthan contents were used in order to obtain the best screw reinforcement. During the pull-out test, the stripping force first increases to a maximum, then drops to a steady-state value until complete screw extraction. Both maximum force and plateau value increase drastically in the presence of cement. The highest stripping force is observed for 6.5-mm screws reinforced with cement in low-density foams. In this case, the stripping force is multiplied by 3.3 in the presence of cement. In a second experiment, cements with solid/liquid ratio ranging from 2.0 to 3.5 g/mL were used with 6.5-mm diameter screws. In some compositions, xanthan was added to improve injectability. The best results were obtained with 2.5 g/mL cement containing xanthan and with 3.0 g/mL cements without xanthan. A 0.9-kN maximal stripping force was observed with nonreinforced screws, while 1.9 kN was reached with reinforced screws. These first results are very promising regarding screw

  2. CT-based three-dimensional reconstruction navigation technique assisted pedicle screw placement in lumbar and sacral bone%腰骶骨椎弓根螺钉置入内固定:CT三维重建虚拟导航的辅助

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    陈晓明; 陈前芬; 肖增明; 宗少晖

    2015-01-01

      结果与结论:共置入腰骶椎椎弓根螺钉1088枚,其中1068枚螺钉位置为Ⅰ级,置钉准确率达98.2%。152例获得随访,随访时间12个月,无内固定物移位、断裂等并发症。术前CT三维重建虚拟导航技术能为腰骶骨椎弓根螺钉内固定提供三维立体的解剖信息,制定最优置钉计划,使置钉更加精确安全,从而提高整体的修复质量。%BACKGROUND:Pedicle screw fixation techniques have been widely used in the treatment of lumbar and sacral disease, such as trauma, deformity, tumor and degeneration. How to improve the accuracy of screw placement is a hot topic. CT-based three-dimensional reconstruction navigation technique provides real-time, multi-perspective, three-dimensional visualization of lumbar and sacral anatomy, and surgeons can perform the pedicle screw insertion procedures confidently with increase of accuracy and safety. OBJECTIVE:To study the clinical value of CT-based three-dimensional reconstruction navigation technique in the application of lumbar and sacral pedicle screw placement. METHODS:A total of 203 patients with lumbar and sacral diseases, including lumbar fracture, lumbar spondylolysis and lumbar spinal stenosis, were recruited from Department of Spine&Osteopathy, the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University between July 2008 and November 2014. Patients received pedicle screw placement in lumbar and sacral bone under the guidance of CT-based three-dimensional reconstruction navigation. Postoperative X-ray films and three-dimensional CT scan of lumbar bone were routinely examined in each patient. The accuracy of pedicle screw insertion was evaluated with postoperative CT scan according to Andrew classification. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:A total of 1 088 screws were inserted in the lumbar and sacral bone. The accuracy of pedicle screw insertion was rated as grade I in 1 068 screws (98.2%) according to postoperative CT scan. 152 cases were fol owed

  3. Mechanical Properties of Nanotextured Titanium Orthopedic Screws for Clinical Applications

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    Descamps, Stephane; Awitor, Komla O.; Raspal, Vincent; Johnson, Matthew B.; Bokalawela, Roshan S. P.; Larson, Preston R.; Doiron, Curtis F.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, we modified the topography of commercial titanium orthopedic screws using electrochemical anodization in a 0.4 wt% hydrofluoric acid solution to produce titanium dioxide nanotube layers. The morphology of the nanotube layers were characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the nanotube layers were investigated by screwing and unscrewing an anodized screw into several different types of human bone while the torsional force applied to the screwdr...

  4. 腰椎内固定中两种椎弓根钉加强技术与骨水泥的应用%Two strengthening pedicle screw techniques and bone cement in lumbar internal fixation

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    江泽华; 朱如森; 袁建军; 邵高升; 张学利

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Screw loosening and shedding may occur after osteoporosis associated with lumbar degenerative disease treated with pedicle screw fixation. Application of pedicle screw enhanced with cured materials can improve the therapeutic effect. OBJECTIVE:To compare the clinical effect of pedicle screws enhanced with poly(methyl methacrylate) and injectable calcium sulfate cement in the lumbar internal fixation of osteoporosis. METHODS:Sixty-one patients diagnosed with osteoporosis combined with lumbar spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal instability, and severe lumbar spinal stenosis were col ected. Al patients were divided into two groups according to the treatment method:poly(methyl methacrylate) bone cement enhanced pedicle screw group and calcium sulfate bone cement enhanced pedicle screw group. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:There were no significant differences in the operation time, blood loss, preoperative and postoperative visual analog scale score, Japanese Orthopedic Association scores and the Japanese Orthopedic Association score improvement rate between two groups (P>0.05). The results showed that two patients had bone cement leakage in poly(methyl methacrylate) group which had no neurological symptoms caused by new symptoms during fol ow-up period. The bone mineral density was not improved gradual y in poly(methyl methacrylate) group with fol ow-up time prolonging;however, in calcium sulfate group, the bone mineral density was increased significantly after treatment, and the change of bone mineral density was linearly related with Japanese Orthopaedic Association score improvement rate in calcium sulfate group. No screw loosening, pul ing out or neurological dysfunction occurred in both groups. The results indicate that like poly(methyl methacrylate), balcium sulfate bone cement can increase the stability of pedicle screws.%背景:骨质疏松伴腰椎退行性病变行椎弓根钉固定骨质疏松的椎体后可能会出现螺钉的松动、脱落,使用

  5. Ball screw inspection setup

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    Janusz, Rzepka; Sambor, Slawomir; Pienkowski, Janusz; Bielenin, Marcin

    2003-05-01

    In the following paper we describe arrangements of laser interferometer for investigation of screws and for inspection of ball screws. We have constructed two of them, namely: the technological setup for investigations of screw in process of production and the ball screw inspection setup. The former one is used to measure the pitch of screws. The data gathered during measurement is used to calculate the parameters for grinding machine. The later setup is used for testing parameters of complete ball screws. The software supporting this setup makes calculation of parameters of tested ball screw and creation of reports possible. Additionally, the inspection setup is the one that the torque measuring arrangements have been integrated on. Both the arrangements and the software allow for measurements of all parameters during movement of nut in full travel length of the ball screw and make charts and reports.

  6. Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Screws Used for Rigid Internal Fixation of Mandibular Fractures

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    Bret Baack

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Experimental and numerical methods are used to explore the stresses generated around bone screws used in rigid internal fixation of mandibular fractures. These results are intended to aid in decisions concerning both the design and the use of these bone screws. A finite element (FE model of a human mandible is created with a fixated fracture in the parasymphyseal region. The mandibular model is anatomically loaded, and the forces exerted by the fixation plate onto the simplified screws are obtained and transferred to another finite element submodel of a screw implant embedded in a trilaminate block with material properties of cortical and cancellous bone. The stress in the bone surrounding the screw implant is obtained and compared for different screw configurations. The submodel analyses are further compared to and validated with simple axial experimental and numerical screw pull-out models. Results of the screw FE analysis (FEA submodel show that a unicortical screw of 2.6 mm major diameter and 1.0 mm pitch will cause less bone damage than a bicortical screw of 2.3 mm major diameter and 1.0 mm pitch. The results of this study suggest that bicortical drilling can be avoided by using screws of a larger major diameter.

  7. Pullout strength of misplaced pedicle screws in the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae - A cadaveric study

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    Shyam K Saraf

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this cadaveric study was to analyze the effects of iatrogenic pedicle perforations from screw misplacement on the mean pullout strength of lower thoracic and lumbar pedicle screws. We also investigated the effect of bone mineral density (BMD, diameter of pedicle screws, and the region of spine on the pullout strength of pedicle screws. Materials and Methods: Sixty fresh human cadaveric vertebrae (D10-L2 were harvested. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA scan of vertebrae was done for BMD. Titanium pedicle screws of different diameters (5.2 and 6.2 mm were inserted in the thoracic and lumbar segments after dividing the specimens into three groups: a standard pedicle screw (no cortical perforation; b screw with medial cortical perforation; and c screw with lateral cortical perforation. Finally, pullout load of pedicle screws was recorded using INSTRON Universal Testing Machine. Results: Compared with standard placement, medially misplaced screws had 9.4% greater mean pullout strength and laterally misplaced screws had 47.3% lesser mean pullout strength. The pullout strength of the 6.2 mm pedicle screws was 33% greater than that of the 5.2 mm pedicle screws. The pullout load of pedicle screws in lumbar vertebra was 13.9% greater than that in the thoracic vertebra ( P = 0.105, but it was not statistically significant. There was no significant difference between pullout loads of vertebra with different BMD ( P = 0.901. Conclusion: The mean pullout strength was less with lateral misplaced pedicle screws while medial misplaced pedicle screw had more pullout strength. The pullout load of 6.2 mm screws was greater than that of 5.2 mm pedicle screws. No significant correlation was found between bone mineral densities and the pullout strength of vertebra. Similarly, the pullout load of screw placed in thoracic and lumbar vertebrae was not significantly different.

  8. Complicaciones de los tornillos de bloqueo intermaxilar en el tratamiento de las fracturas mandibulares Complications of self-tapping bone screws for maxillomandibular fixation in the treatment of jaw fracture

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    J. Molina Montes

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Durante la última década se ha introducido el tornillo de bloqueo intermaxilar como método de fijación maxilomandibular en el tratamiento de las fracturas de mandíbula. El propósito del estudio es evaluar las complicaciones de la técnica y la yatrogenia dental que derivan de su aplicación durante un periodo de 4 años. Se han revisado un total de 62 pacientes y 272 tornillos y, aunque han aparecido complicaciones, su incidencia es baja.In the last decade, self-tapping bone screws have been used widely as a temporary maxillomandibular fixation method in the treatment of jaw fractures. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the complications of the technique and potential dental iatrogenesis over a period of 4 years. We reviewed a total of 62 patients and 272 screws. Although complications appeared, the complication rate was low.

  9. Ureteral injury after posterior lumbar discectomy with interbody screw fixation

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    Pillai, Sunil Bhaskara; Hegde, Padmaraj; Venkatesh, Giridhar; Iyyan, Bhalaguru

    2013-01-01

    We report a case of iatrogenic ureteral injury secondary to L5 laminectomy and microdiscectomy with L5–S1 bone graft with posterior lumbar interbodyfusion using presacral cancellous screw fixation, managed by initial ureteral stent placement and subsequent Boari bladder flap repair. A 33-year-old woman underwent L5 laminectomy and microdiscectomy with L5–S1 bone graft with posterior lumbar interbody fusion using presacral cancellous screw fixation. On postoperative day 10, she developed lower...

  10. Can experimental data in humans verify the finite element-based bone remodeling algorithm?

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    Wong, Christian; Gehrchen, P Martin; Kiaer, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws.......A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws....

  11. Biomechanical evaluation of expansive pedicle screws and injectable absorbable bone cement augmentation in the osteoporotic vertebral environment%膨胀螺钉及钉道强化在骨质疏松椎体中的力学可靠性研究

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    高明暄; 李旭升; 甄平; 吴智钢; 周胜虎; 田琦; 任民; 雷伟

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the fixation strengths of expansive pedicle screws in human cadaveric vertebrae with different bone mineral densities and with the augmentation by newly-developed injectable absorbable bone cement(IABC).Methods Fresh human cadaveric spines used for this study were grouped into 4 levels according to the measurements of bone mineral density:normal,osteopenia,osteoporosis and severe osteoporosis.The vertebrae were bilaterally instrumented with 4 pedicle screw protocols:conventional pedicle screw without augmentation,expansive pedicle screw without augmentation,conventional pedicle screw with augmentation and expansive pedicle screw with augmentation.The statistical method of balanced incomplete randomized blocks was used to assign the pedicles for the 4 protocols,resulting in 9 screws per group per level.Screw pullout tests were conducted.On the load-stroke curve,the maximum pullout strength and stiffness were determined.The differences between groups at the same bone mineral density level but with different screw protocols,or between groups at different bone mineral density levels but with the same screw protocol,were compared.Results Given the same bone mineral density level,the maximum pullout strength and stiffness of expansive screws were significantly higher than those of conventional screws (P < 0.05).When the same type of screw was used,the maximum pullout strength in the augmented group was significantly higher than in the non-augmented group (P < 0.05),but the cement augmentation had insignificant impact on the stiffness of either conventional or expansive pedicle screws (P > 0.05).The pullout strength and stiffness of expansive screws,augmented conventional screws and augmented expansive screws at the osteoporotic level were comparable to those of conventional screws at the osteopenic lcvel (P > 0.05).However,the pullout strength of any of the 4 protocols in the severe osteoporosis group was significantly lower than that of

  12. Supporting screws combined with bone cement filling for reconstructing tibial bone defect in knee arthroplasty%支撑螺钉结合骨水泥填充重建膝关节置换术中胫骨平台骨缺损

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    黄海; 张喜才

    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effect of supporting screws combined with bone cement filling on reconstructing tibial bone defect in knee arthroplasty.Methods Thirty-one patients (47 lateral tibial plateau structural bone defect) underwent total knee replacement.After conventional tibial osteotomy,2 or 3 pieces of supporting screws were screwed according to bone defect area,and bone cement was pressurely filled,and then the tibial prosthesis was installed.The knee rehabilitation training was strengthened and the effect was regular followed up after the operation.Results Thirty-one patients were followed up for 1-5 years,average 2.8 years.The pain of the knee completely disappeared after operation,and the stability and function of the knee were good.The KSS knee score were 87 to 95 points,an average of 92.4 points,which were significantly improved after operation (t =6.41,P < 0.01).In the last follow-up through X-ray examination,there were no prosthesis loosening or signs of infection,no bone cement filling zone interface lucency or supporting screw loosening,displacement or other complications.Conclusions Supporting screws combined with bone cement filling technique can effectively resolve the tibial knee replacement of large bone defects,and the short-term curative effect is satisfactory.So it is one of the ideal methods for senile patients.%目的 观察支撑螺钉结合骨水泥填充重建膝关节置换术中胫骨平台骨缺损的临床疗效.方法 对31例47侧重度胫骨平台结构性骨缺损患者行全膝关节置换术,常规胫骨平台截骨,截骨后根据骨缺损面积,拧入2~3枚支撑螺钉,加压填充骨水泥,安置胫骨骨水泥假体.术后加强膝关节功能康复训练并定期随访疗效.结果 31例患者术后随访1~5年,平均2.8年,术后疼痛完全消失,膝关节稳定性及功能均良好.膝关节KSS评分87~95分,平均92.4分,较术前显著改善(t=6.41,P<0.01).术后末次随访复查X线片未见

  13. A new concept for implant fixation: bone-to-bone biologic fixation

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    D-Y Kim; J-R Kim; KY Jang; K-B Lee

    2015-01-01

    Many attempts have been made to reduce complications of bone implant, such as pedicle screw loosening. To address this problem, the authors suggest a new concept of bone-to-bone biologic fixation using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)-loaded cannulated pedicle screws. Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 is an osteoinductive cytokine. Four types of titanium pedicle screws were tested (uncannulated, cannulated with no loading, beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP)-l...

  14. Hydroxyapatite composite resin cement augmentation of pedicle screw fixation.

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    Turner, Alexander W L; Gillies, R Mark; Svehla, Martin J; Saito, Masanobu; Walsh, William R

    2003-01-01

    Pedicle screw stability is poor in osteopenic vertebrae attributable, in part, to low screw-bone interface strength. The current authors examined cement augmentation using a low curing temperature hydroxyapatite and bis-phenol-A glycidol methacrylate-based composite resin. This cement may stiffen the screw-bone interface and reduce the harmful effects associated with polymethylmethacrylate regarding temperature and toxic monomer. Thirty-five lumbar vertebrae from human cadavers were instrumented with pedicle screws, with one pedicle previously injected with cement and the other as the control. Caudocephalad toggling of +/- 1 mm for 1600 cycles was applied to the pedicle screws, and the resulting forces supported by the implant-bone interface were captured by a load cell. A curve was constructed from the peak caudal load for each cycle and three mechanical measures parameterized this curve: (1) initial load; (2) rate of load decay during the first 400 cycles; and (3) final load. The initial load increased by 16% as a result of cement augmentation, the final load increased by 65%, and the rate of load decay decreased by 59%. Cement augmentation of pedicle screws increased the stiffness and stability of the screw-bone interface. PMID:12579026

  15. Factors affecting the interface of cervical spine facet screws placed in the technique by Roy-Camille et al.

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    Pitzen, T. R.; Zenner, S.; Barbier, D.; Georg, T.; Steudel, W. I.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of the study was to investigate the influence of bone cement, length of burr hole and bone density on pullout force and insertional screw torque of cervical spine facet screws. Both facets of 24 human cervical vertebrae were scanned for bone mineral density (BMD) and assigned to two groups for measuring of insertional screw torque and pullout strength. Maximal insertional screw torque was measured and removal of the screws was performed in displacement control (0.25 mm/s) withou...

  16. The clinical effects of osteoporosis of lumbar degenerative disease by injectable calcium sulfate bone cement to strengthen pedicle screw internal fixation%骨质疏松腰椎退行性疾病的手术治疗分析

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    孔祥瑞; 刘德政; 刘海峰; 杨计策; 赵志超

    2015-01-01

    ObjectiveTo explore the clinical effects of osteoporosis of lumbar degenerative disease by injectable calcium sulfate bone cement to strengthen pedicle screw internal fixation. Methods 82 cases of patients with lumbar degenerative dis-ease of osteoporosis word randomly divided into experiment group(41 cases) and control group(41 cases). The control group were treated by transpedicle screws fixation, the experiment group were treated by injectable calcium sulfate bone cement to strengthen pedicle screw internal fixation. The time of operation, mean bleeding volum, the scores of VAS, ODI, JOA were com-pared for the two groups. ResultsThe time of operation, mean bleeding volum for the experiment group were better than the control group; There was no significant difference on the scores of VAS, ODI, JOA; The scores of VAS, ODI for the experiment group were lower than the control group postoperation for 1 week, 2 months, 12 months; The scores of JOA for the experiment group were higher than the control group postoperation for 1 week, 2 months, 12 months. ConclusionIt can improve the scores of VAS, ODI, JOA for the patients with osteoporosis of lumbar degenerative disease by injectable calcium sulfate bone cement to strengthen pedicle screw internal fixation. It is worthy of clinical promotion.%目的:探讨可注射硫酸钙骨水泥强化椎弓根钉内固定治疗骨质疏松腰椎退行性疾病的临床疗效。方法:按照随机数字表法将我院收治的82例骨质疏松腰椎退行性疾病患者均分为实验组和对照组,对照组给予单纯椎弓根内固定治疗,实验组给予可注射硫酸钙骨水泥强化椎弓根钉内固定治疗。比较两组患者手术时间、术中出血量以及治疗前后疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)、Oswestry 功能障碍指数(ODI)、JOA 腰椎病疗效评分变化情况。结果:实验组患者手术时间和术中出血量显著高于对照组;两组患者术前 VAS 评分、ODI 评分、JOA

  17. Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Screws Used for Rigid Internal Fixation of Mandibular Fractures

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    Naresh Chaudhary; Lovald, Scott T.; Jon Wagner; Tariq Khraishi; Bret Baack

    2008-01-01

    Experimental and numerical methods are used to explore the stresses generated around bone screws used in rigid internal fixation of mandibular fractures. These results are intended to aid in decisions concerning both the design and the use of these bone screws. A finite element (FE) model of a human mandible is created with a fixated fracture in the parasymphyseal region. The mandibular model is anatomically loaded, and the forces exerted by the fixation plate onto the simplified screws are o...

  18. 骨水泥钉道强化联合空心侧孔椎弓根螺钉治疗伴骨质疏松症的腰椎退行性病变的临床疗效观察%Comparison of the clinical effect of PMMA bone cement augmented screw passageway and bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screw in treatment of degenerative lumbar disease with osteoporosis

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    刘松明; 宋洁富; 荆志振

    2016-01-01

    目的:比较空心侧孔椎弓根螺钉和骨水泥钉道( PMMA)强化方法应用于伴骨质疏松症的腰椎退行性病变的临床效果。方法选取伴骨质疏松症的腰椎退行性病变患者48例,男21例,女27例;年龄54~78岁,平均64.5岁。其中腰椎管狭窄症17例,腰椎间盘突出症18例,退行性腰椎滑脱症8例,腰椎退行性侧凸5例。按手术方式分为两组,A组23例采用空心侧孔椎弓根螺钉+PMMA。 B组25例采用PMMA行钉道强化+普通椎弓根螺钉内固定术。比较两组手术时间、出血量、住院时间。采用疼痛视觉模拟量表( visual analogue scale,VAS)评分,Oswestry功能障碍指数( Oswestry disability index,ODI)评价患者术后疼痛和功能恢复情况。术前及术后1、3、6、12个月及术后每年行X线检查评估椎间隙高度丢失、内固定失败率和椎间植骨融合率。结果48例患者均得到随访,随访时间1~3.5年。 A组手术时间、出血量、住院时间显著优于B组(均P<0.05)。 A组、B组植骨融合率分别为92.1%、91.2%,两组差异无统计学意义( P>0.05)。A组发生螺钉断裂1例,B组未出现此类情况(P<0.05)。 B组发生内固定松动、螺钉拔出内固定失败1例, A组未发生此类情况(P<0.05)。 A组椎间隙高度丢失(2.7±1.7)mm,B组椎间隙高度丢失(3.7±2.1)mm,两组差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。根据VAS评分和ODI,两组患者术后疼痛与功能均得到改善,A组效果优于B组(均P<0.05)。结论空心侧孔椎弓根螺钉+PMMA强化内固定用于伴骨质疏松症的腰椎退行性病变是一种具有较好安全性和有效性的方法。%Objective To compare the clinical effect of PMMA bone cement augmented screw passageway and bone cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screw in treatment of degenerative lumbar disease with osteoporosis. Methods

  19. Screw-locking wrench

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    Vranish, John M. (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    A tool comprises a first handle and a second handle, each handle extending from a gripping end portion to a working end portion, the first handle having first screw threads disposed circumferentially about an inner portion of a first through-hole at the working end portion thereof, the second handle having second screw threads disposed circumferentially about an inner portion of a second through-hole at the working end portion thereof, the first and second respective through-holes being disposed concentrically about a common axis of the working end portions. First and second screw locks preferably are disposed concentrically with the first and second respective through-holes, the first screw lock having a plurality of locking/unlocking screw threads for engaging the first screw threads of the first handle, the second screw lock having a plurality of locking/unlocking screw threads for engaging the second screw threads of the second handle. A locking clutch drive, disposed concentrically with the first and second respective through-holes, engages the first screw lock and the second screw lock. The first handle and the second handle are selectively operable at their gripping end portions by a user using a single hand to activate the first and second screw locks to lock the locking clutch drive for either clockwise rotation about the common axis, or counter-clockwise rotation about the common axis, or to release the locking clutch drive so that the handles can be rotated together about the common axis either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction without rotation of the locking clutch drive.

  20. Influência do macheamento na interface do parafuso e do tecido ósseo na fase imediata pós-implante Influencia del taladramiento en la interfase del tornillo y del tejido óseo durante la fase inmediata post implante The influence of tapping techniques on the interface bone screw/bone tissue in immediate postoperative period

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    Fabiano Pinheiro de Lemos Masson

    2009-06-01

    el orificio proximal derecho fue realizado el taladramiento antes de la inserción del tornillo cortical de 3.5 mm (Grupo A, en el orificio proximal izquierdo el tornillo fue insertado sin taladramiento (Grupo B y los otros dos orificios distales fueron utilizados como controles (Grupo C. Las alteraciones de la interfase entre el hueso y el implante fueron analizadas por medio de un estudio histomorfométrico, teniendo en cuenta el número de trabéculas fracturadas entre los filetes de rosca; la mayor distancia de la fractura trabecular transversal provocada por la inserción del tornillo; la mayor extensión de la fractura trabecular longitudinal provocada por la inserción del tornillo y la línea de contacto en la interfase hueso-tornillo. RESULTADOS: taladrar el orificio piloto ha provocado alteraciones de la microestructura del tejido óseo alrededor del implante cuando comparado con las alteraciones producidas por la inserción del tornillo sin el taladramiento o el orificio piloto. La evaluación del contacto entre el hueso y el implante fue el parámetro que presentó diferencia estadística en la comparación entre la colocación del implante con o sin taladramiento. CONCLUSIÓN: al comparar con el orificio control, todos los parámetros presentaron diferencia estadística.OBJECTIVE: to analyze experimentally the early alterations of the bone-screw interface with tapping techniques in the cancellous bone of the cervical vertebrae. METHODS: five wooless sheep (Santa Inês were analyzed. Pilot holes of 2.5 mm were performed at both sides of the third cervical vertebrae in the proximal and distal portion. The tapping process was done in the right proximal hole before the 3.5 mm screw insertion (Group A, while the left proximal hole was not tapped (Group B and the two distal holes were used as control (Group C. The interface alterations between bone and screw were analyzed through histomorphometric study, considering the number of trabeculae fractures between

  1. Comparative study of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw and conventional screw path-augmentation with bone cement in treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis with osteoporosis%新型可注射骨水泥椎弓根螺钉与骨水泥钉道强化在治疗腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松中的比较研究

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    代飞; 刘瑶瑶; 孙东; 徐美涛; 许建中

    2014-01-01

    目的:比较新型可注射骨水泥椎弓根螺钉( bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw , CICPS)和传统骨水泥钉道强化方法应用于治疗腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松患者的临床疗效。方法2011年7月~2013年11月序贯纳入腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松患者( T<-2.5)43例,随机分为2组,A组20例采用CICPS行后路滑脱复位植骨融合内固定术。B组23例采用传统骨水泥钉道强化内固定术。比较2组手术时间、出血量、住院时间。采用疼痛视觉模拟量表(visual analogue scale, VAS)评分,Oswestry功能障碍指数(Oswestry disability index, ODI)评价患者术后疼痛和功能恢复。术前及术后1、3、6、12个月及术后每年行X线和CT检查评估椎间隙高度丢失、内固定失败率和椎间植骨融合率。结果43例患者均得到随访,随访时间为6~33个月,平均16.5个月。 A组手术时间、出血量、住院时间显著低于B组(P<0.05)。 A组和B组植骨融合率分别为94.6%、90.2%,2组比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。 B组发生内固定松动、螺钉拔出3例,A组未发生此类情况。A组椎间隙高度丢失(2.3±1.2)mm,B组椎间隙高度丢失(3.6±2.2) mm,2组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。根据VAS评分和ODI,2组患者术后疼痛与功能均得到改善,A组效果优于B组(P<0.05)。结论 CICPS强化内固定稳定性是一种具有较好安全性和有效性的新方法。%Objective To compare the clinical effect of bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw (CICPS) and conven-tional screw path-augmentation with bone cement in the treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis with osteoporosis patients.Methods From July 2011 to November 2013, sequential 43 patients with osteoporosis (T≤-2.5) and lumbar spondylolisthesis were randomly divided into 2 groups.Group A of 20 cases were treated with CICPS and group B of

  2. Maxillary sinus perforation by orthodontic anchor screws.

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    Motoyoshi, Mitsuru; Sanuki-Suzuki, Rina; Uchida, Yasuki; Saiki, Akari; Shimizu, Noriyoshi

    2015-06-01

    To facilitate safe placement of orthodontic anchor screws (miniscrews), we investigated the frequency of maxillary sinus perforation after screw placement and the effect of sinus perforation on screw stability. Maxillary sinus perforations involving 82 miniscrews (diameter, 1.6 mm; length, 8 mm) were evaluated using cone-beam computed tomography. All miniscrews were placed in maxillary alveolar bone between the second premolar and first molar for anchorage for anterior retraction in patients undergoing first premolar extraction. The placement torque and screw mobility of each implant were determined using a torque tester and a Periotest device, and variability in these values in relation to sinus perforation was evaluated. Eight of the 82 miniscrews perforated the maxillary sinus. There was no case of sinusitis in patients with miniscrew perforation and no significant difference in screw mobility or placement torque between perforating and non-perforating miniscrews. The sinus floor was significantly thinner in perforated cases than in non-perforated cases. A sinus floor thickness of 6.0 mm or more is recommended in order to avoid miniscrew perforation of the maxillary sinus. PMID:26062857

  3. Correlation of pull-out strength of cement-augmented pedicle screws with CT-volumetric measurement of cement.

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    Fölsch, Christian; Goost, Hans; Figiel, Jens; Paletta, Jürgen R. J.; Schultz, Wolfgang; Lakemeier, Stefan

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cement augmentation of pedicle screws increases fixation strength in an osteoporotic spine. This study was designed to determine the cement distribution and the correlation between the pull-out strength of the augmented screw and the cement volume within polyurethane (PU) foam. METHODS: Twenty-eight cannulated pedicle screws (6×45 mm) (Peter Brehm, Erlangen, Germany) with four holes at the distal end of the screw were augmented with the acrylic Stabilit ER Bone Cement Vertebr...

  4. Transpedicular vertebral body augmentation reinforced with pedicle screw fixation in fresh traumatic A2 and A3 lumbar fractures: comparison between two devices and two bone cements.

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    Korovessis, Panagiotis; Vardakastanis, Konstantinos; Repantis, Thomas; Vitsas, Vasilios

    2014-07-01

    This retrospective study compares efficacy and safety of balloon kyphoplasty (BK) with calcium phosphate (Group A) versus KIVA implant with PMMA (Group B) reinforced with three vertebrae pedicle screw constructs for A2 and A3 single fresh non-osteoporotic lumbar (L1-L4) fractures in 38 consecutive age- and diagnosis-matched patient populations. Extracanal leakage of both low-viscosity PMMA and calcium phosphate (CP) as well as the following roentgenographic parameters: segmental kyphosis (SKA), anterior (AVBHr) and posterior (PVBHr) vertebral body height ratio, spinal canal encroachment (SCE) clearance, and functional outcome measures: VAS and SF-36, were recorded and compared between the two groups. All patients in both groups were followed for a minimum 26 (Group A) and 25 (Group B) months. Extracanal CP and PMMA leakage was observed in four (18 %) and three (15 %) vertebrae/patients of group A and B, respectively. Hybrid fixation improved AVBHr, SKA, SCE, but PVBHr only in group B. VAS and SF-36 improved postoperatively in the patients of both groups. Short-segment construct with the novel KIVA implant restored better than BK-fractured lumbar vertebral body, but this had no impact in functional outcome. Since there was no leakage difference between PMMA and calcium phosphate and no short-term adverse related to PMMA use were observed, we advice the use of PMMA in fresh traumatic lumbar fractures. PMID:23982115

  5. 腰椎皮质骨钉道螺钉在骨质疏松症患者中应用的三维有限元分析%Biomechanical evaluation of lumbar pedicle screws using cortical bone trajectory in osteoporosis:a finite element study

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    邵明昊; 吕飞舟; 马晓生; 夏新雷; 王洪立; 郑超君; 张帆; 姜建元

    2015-01-01

    目的:比较椎弓根皮质骨钉道(cortical bone trajectory,CBT)螺钉和传统椎弓根钉道(traditional trajectory,TT)螺钉抗拔出力、螺钉及椎体稳定性的差异。方法回顾性选取复旦大学附属华山医院2015年3月至9月骨质疏松症患者7例,年龄57~63岁,平均(61.4±3.1)岁,均为女性,骨密度T值均<-2.5 SD。使用Mimics和Abaqus 6.9建立L4椎体模型,选用TT螺钉(直径为6.5 mm、长度为45 mm)和CBT螺钉(直径为5.0 mm、长度为35 mm)模拟置钉,分析并比较两种螺钉的轴向抗拔出力、上下左右载荷情况下螺钉载荷位移比及前屈后伸、轴向及侧屈旋转工况下椎体载荷位移比情况。结果CBT螺钉组的抗拔出力[(1013.2±279.1)N]较TT螺钉组[(1277.1±331.3)N]高出26.04%(t=3.128,P=0.024)。CBT螺钉组在受到上下左右应力时载荷位移比明显大于TT螺钉组(t=3.217,P=0.021;t=3.216,P=0.021;t=3.214,P=0.017;t=3.221, P=0.016)。CBT螺钉组椎体前屈、后伸载荷位移比明显大于TT螺钉组(t=2.733,P=0.034;t=2.712,P=0.031);而TT螺钉组椎体轴向、侧屈旋转载荷位移比较CBT螺钉组高(t=3.941, P=0.011;t=4.432,P=0.007)。结论相比TT螺钉,CBT螺钉具有更强的抗拔出力及螺钉稳定性,且椎体前屈、后伸的稳定性强于TT螺钉固定。CBT螺钉内固定为骨质疏松患者的腰椎手术提供了更多的选择。%ObjectiveThe purpose of the present study was to evaluate the differences of pull-out strength and stability of screw and vertebrae between two models using cortical bone trajectory (CBT) screw and traditional trajectory (TT) screw and provide theoretical basis for the clinical application of CBT screw.Methods Finite element models of L4 vertebrae were builded using Mimics and Abaqus 6.9, according to 7 osteoporotic patients, ranging in age from 57 to 63 years, at average age of (61.4±3.1) years, admitted to

  6. DLC screw preload. Loosening prevention

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    Ivete Aparecida de Mattias Sartori

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The screw loosening is a reason to prosthetic rehabilitation failure. However, the DLC (Diamond-like carbon screw treatment lead thefriction decrease and sliding between the components, which increases the screw preload benefit and decreases the chance of looseningoccurrence. This case shows a clinical indication of the association of the correct preload applied and the DLC screw, which can be considered an optimized protocol to solve screw loosening recidivate of unitary prosthesis in anterior maxillary site.

  7. Cement leakage in pedicle screw augmentation: a prospective analysis of 98 patients and 474 augmented pedicle screws.

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    Mueller, Jan U; Baldauf, Joerg; Marx, Sascha; Kirsch, Michael; Schroeder, Henry W S; Pillich, Dirk T

    2016-07-01

    OBJECTIVE Loosening and pullout of pedicle screws are well-known problems in pedicle screw fixation surgery. Augmentation of pedicle screws with bone cement, first described as early as 1975, increases the pedicle-screw interface and pullout force in osteoporotic vertebrae. The aim of the present study was to identify cement leakage and pulmonary embolism rates in a large prospective single-center series of pedicle screw augmentations. METHODS All patients who underwent cement-augmented pedicle screw placement between May 2006 and October 2010 at the authors' institution were included in this prospective cohort study. Perivertebral cement leakage and pulmonary cement embolism were evaluated with a CT scan of the area of operation and with a radiograph of the chest, respectively. RESULTS A total of 98 patients underwent placement of cement-augmented pedicle screws; 474 augmented screws were inserted in 237 vertebrae. No symptomatic perivertebral cement leakage or symptomatic pulmonary cement embolism was observed, but asymptomatic perivertebral cement leakage was seen in 88 patients (93.6%) and in 165 augmented vertebrae (73.3%). Cement leakage most often occurred in the perivertebral venous system. Clinically asymptomatic pulmonary cement embolism was found in 4 patients (4.1%). CONCLUSIONS Perivertebral cement leakage often occurs in pedicle screw augmentation, but in most cases, it is clinically asymptomatic. Cement augmentation should be performed under continuous fluoroscopy to avoid high-volume leakage. Alternative strategies, such as use of expandable screws, should be examined in more detail for patients at high risk of screw loosening. PMID:26943258

  8. Ball Screw Actuator Including a Compliant Ball Screw Stop

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    Wingett, Paul T. (Inventor); Hanlon, Casey (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    An actuator includes a ball nut, a ball screw, and a ball screw stop. The ball nut is adapted to receive an input torque and in response rotates and supplies a drive force. The ball screw extends through the ball nut and has a first end and a second end. The ball screw receives the drive force from the ball nut and in response selectively translates between a retract position and a extend position. The ball screw stop is mounted on the ball screw proximate the first end to translate therewith. The ball screw stop engages the ball nut when the ball screw is in the extend position, translates, with compliance, a predetermined distance toward the first end upon engaging the ball nut, and prevents further rotation of the ball screw upon translating the predetermined distance.

  9. The archimedes screw

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    On May 5, 2011, the Ontario Waterpower Association hosted the emergent hydro workshop in Peterborough. In the course of this workshop, GreenBug Energy Inc. presented the archimedes screw. This system consists of a screw turning under the weight of water falling, the screw turns the gear box and the generator, leading to the production of electricity. This technology can be used in 1 to 10 meter heads and can produce between 1 and 100 kW. The archimedes screw does not affect the passage of fish nor the water level, quantity or quality. There are thousands of low head sites across Canada in which the archimedes screw could be used to produce renewable electricity. However, the uncertainty of its being approved is an important issue as the industry cannot invest thousands of dollars in projects that might not be approved. This presentation showed that the archimedes screw could be a solution for producing electricity from low head sites but that some code analogous to the building code is required to minimize the uncertainty of approval.

  10. Biomechanical comparison of pedicle screws versus spinous process screws in C2 vertebra A cadaveric study

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    Guan-yi Liu

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: Spinous process screws provide comparable pullout strength to pedicle screws of the C2. Spinous process screws may provide an alternative to pedicle screws fixation, especially with unusual anatomy or stripped screws.

  11. Surface polishing positively influences ease of plate and screw removal

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    JS Hayes

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Difficulties removing temporary fracture fixation devices due to excessive bony on-growth results in extended surgical time leading to excessive blood loss, debris contamination and potentially refracture. Commercially available locking plates and screws are manufactured for clinics with a micro-rough surface, which contributes to the excessive bony on-growth reported. We have applied polishing technology to commercially pure titanium locking compression plates (LCP and titanium-6%aluminium-7%niobium (TAN plates and screws to assess if it can alleviate problems with strong bony overgrowth. Samples were implanted for 6, 12 and 18 months in a bilateral sheep tibia non fracture model and assessed for screw removal torque, percentage of bone contact and tissue-material response. Both electropolishing (p=0.001 and paste polishing (p=0.010 of TAN screws significantly reduced the mean torque required for removal compared to their micro-rough counterparts. This was accompanied by a trend for a lower percentage of bone contact for polished screws. This difference in bone contact was significant for paste polished TAN screws (p<0.001 but not electropolished TAN screws (p=0.066. Ex vivo, soft tissue removal was much easier (~five minutes for polished constructs, which was difficult and at least four times longer for standard micro-rough constructs. We suggest that polishing of locked plate/screw systems will improve ease of removal and reduce implant related removal complications encountered due to excessive strong bony on-growth while maintaining biocompatibility and implant stability. Future studies aim to assess the potential of this technology in the next level of complication, a fracture model.

  12. Factors affecting the accurate placement of percutaneous pedicle screws during minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

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    Kim, Moon-Chan; Chung, Hung-Tae; Cho, Jae-Lim; Kim, Dong-jun; Chung, Nam-Su

    2011-01-01

    We retrospectively evaluated 488 percutaneous pedicle screws in 110 consecutive patients that had undergone minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MITLIF) to determine the incidence of pedicle screw misplacement and its relevant risk factors. Screw placements were classified based on postoperative computed tomographic findings as “correct”, “cortical encroachment” or as “frank penetration”. Age, gender, body mass index, bone mineral density, diagnosis, operation time, esti...

  13. Analysis the Clinical Curtive Effect of Thoracic Lumbar Spine Fractures of Posterior Pedicle Screw Fixation Combined Bone Graft Surgery%脊柱胸腰段骨折行后路椎弓根螺钉内固定联合植骨手术的临床疗效分析

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    慕志广

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical curative effect for joint posterior pedicle screw internal fixation bone graft surgery in treatment of thoracic lumbar spine fractures.Methods Selected 72 cases of thoracic lumbar spine fracture patients in our hospital, which were randomly divided into two groups, each group had 36 cases, control group with posterior pedicle screw internal fixation treatment, the observation group patients give posterior pedicle screw internal fixation with bone graft surgery therapy.ResultsAfter surgery, VAS score, Cobb Angle observation group were better than the control group (P<0.05), two groups of data difference was statistically signiifcant (P<0.05).Conclusion Posterior pedicle screw internal fixation with bone graft surgery therapy thoracic lumbar spine fracture effect is remarkable was statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion Posterior pedicle screw internal fixation with bone graft surgery therapy thoracic lumbar spine fracture effect is remarkable.%目的:探讨后路椎弓根螺钉内固定联合植骨手术治疗脊柱胸腰段骨折的临床疗效。方法将我院收治的72例脊柱胸腰段骨折患者随机分为两组,各36例。对照组单用后路椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗,观察组给予后路椎弓根螺钉内固定联合植骨手术治疗。结果手术后,观察组VAS评分、Cobb角均优于对照组(P<0.05),差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论后路椎弓根螺钉内固定联合植骨手术治疗脊柱胸腰段骨折效果显著。

  14. Virtual estimates of fastening strength for pedicle screw implantation procedures

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    Linte, Cristian A.; Camp, Jon J.; Augustine, Kurt E.; Huddleston, Paul M.; Robb, Richard A.; Holmes, David R.

    2014-03-01

    Traditional 2D images provide limited use for accurate planning of spine interventions, mainly due to the complex 3D anatomy of the spine and close proximity of nerve bundles and vascular structures that must be avoided during the procedure. Our previously developed clinician-friendly platform for spine surgery planning takes advantage of 3D pre-operative images, to enable oblique reformatting and 3D rendering of individual or multiple vertebrae, interactive templating, and placement of virtual pedicle implants. Here we extend the capabilities of the planning platform and demonstrate how the virtual templating approach not only assists with the selection of the optimal implant size and trajectory, but can also be augmented to provide surrogate estimates of the fastening strength of the implanted pedicle screws based on implant dimension and bone mineral density of the displaced bone substrate. According to the failure theories, each screw withstands a maximum holding power that is directly proportional to the screw diameter (D), the length of the in-bone segm,ent of the screw (L), and the density (i.e., bone mineral density) of the pedicle body. In this application, voxel intensity is used as a surrogate measure of the bone mineral density (BMD) of the pedicle body segment displaced by the screw. We conducted an initial assessment of the developed platform using retrospective pre- and post-operative clinical 3D CT data from four patients who underwent spine surgery, consisting of a total of 26 pedicle screws implanted in the lumbar spine. The Fastening Strength of the planned implants was directly assessed by estimating the intensity - area product across the pedicle volume displaced by the virtually implanted screw. For post-operative assessment, each vertebra was registered to its homologous counterpart in the pre-operative image using an intensity-based rigid registration followed by manual adjustment. Following registration, the Fastening Strength was computed

  15. Bone

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    Bone scanning provides information on the extent of primary bone tumors, on possible metastatic disease, on the presence of osteomyelitis prior to observation of roentgenographic changes so that earlier therapy is possible, on the presence of collagen diseases, on the presence of fractures not disclosed by x-ray films, and on the evaluation of aseptic necrosis. However, the total effect and contribution of bone scanning to the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimate prognosis of pediatric skeletal diseases is, as yet, unknown. (auth)

  16. Histomorphometric analysis of bone tissue repair in rabbits after insertion of titanium screws under different torque Estudo histomorfométrico do reparo tecidual ósseo de coelhos com parafusos de titânio inseridos sob diferentes intensidades de torques

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    Fabrício Togni

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the inflammatory response of rabbit bone after insertion of titanium screws under different torque values. METHODS: Four holes were made in the back tibia of fifteen New Zealand male albino rabbits; three screws were placed in each animal and a control hole remained without a screw. The screws were inserted with 0, 5 or 10 N.cm of torque. The animals were assigned to five groups according to the day of sacrifice after surgery (2, 7, 14, 21 or 42 days. The inflammatory cells and the thickness of the bone tissue around the screws was count. RESULTS: The screws were associated with a larger number of inflammatory cells when compared to the control hole. There was no statistically significant difference when several comparisons were made among the groups with different torque intensity. CONCLUSIONS: The histological changes were not statistically significant. There was a trend toward an increase in inflammatory cells found in local bone tissue surrounding the titanium screws installed with the highest torque. There was a tendency toward the formation of a lower thickness of tissue surrounding those bone screws that were inserted with higher torque.OBJETIVO: Avaliar em variados períodos de tempo a resposta inflamatória do tecido ósseo de coelhos nos quais foram instalados parafusos de titânio com variadas intensidades de torque. MÉTODOS: 15 coelhos Nova Zelândia receberam três parafusos de titânio instalados em cada tíbia traseira e uma perfuração sem parafuso. Foram inseridos os parafusos com 0, 5 e 10 N.cm de torque. A eutanásia ocorreu 2, 7, 14, 21 e 42 dias pós-operatórios e foram analisados a em microscopia óptica a quantidade de células inflamatórias e espessura do tecido ósseo formado. RESULTADOS: Observou-se que a presença de parafusos apresentou uma quantidade significantemente maior de células inflamatórias quando comparado às perfurações controle. Houve um aumento na formação de tecido

  17. Clinical application of augmented pedicle screw fixation with bone cement in lumber spondylolisthesis accompanied with osteoporosis%骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉在腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松椎体中的临床应用

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    李鹏; 毛克亚; 王岩; 肖嵩华; 张永刚; 张西峰; 张雪松; 程自申; 毛克政

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉在腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松患者的手术方法和疗效.方法 2008年7月至2010年11月年期间收治腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松患者12例,平均68岁.骨质疏松按Jikei分级Ⅱ级4例,Ⅲ级8例.所有患者行经椎弓根螺钉内固定,术中采用骨水泥强化提高螺钉稳定性,植入椎弓根螺钉共26枚,观察椎弓根螺钉术中及术后的稳定性.结果 患者未发生手术并发症,腰腿痛症状改善明显,术后VAS评分较术前比较改善明显.12例患者均获得随访,随访时间8-16个月,平均14个月.12例均获得骨性融合,X线片显示内固定无松动、断裂或脱落,螺钉周围未见透亮线出现.结论 经椎弓根骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉,固化椎体的同时增加了椎弓根螺钉界面把持力,能够满足腰椎滑脱伴骨质疏松患者脊椎后路固定手术对力学稳定的要求.%Objective To explore the surgical method and efficacy of augmented pedicle screw fixation with bone cement for the treatment of lumber spondyiolisthesis accompanied with osteoporosis. Methods Twelve lumber spondyiolisthesis patients accompanied with osteoporosis were collected and treated from July 2008 to November 2010, with an average age of 68 years old. According to Jikei scale for osteoporosis, 4 patients were in stage II and 8 patients were in stage III. All patients were treated with internal fixations of pedicle screws and the stabilities of screws were augmented by bone cement augment during operations. Twenty-six pedicle screws were instrumented in this study. The stabilities of pedicle screws during and after the operation were observed. Results There were no operative complications. The symptoms of waist and leg pain were clearly alleviated. The VAS scores after operations were clearly ameliorated compared to those before the operation. All 12 patients were followed up for 8-16 months, with a mean of 14 months. All 12 patients achieved bone unions. The X

  18. 不同量骨水泥强化新型空心椎弓根螺钉的体外生物力学研究%Influence of the volume of bone cement on the reinforcement of a novel canulated pedicle screw: a biomechanical study in vitro

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    刘瑶瑶; 代飞; 孙东; 罗飞; 张泽华; 许建中

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the bone cement distribution and biomechanical stability of self-designed bone cement injectable canulated pedicle screw (CICPS). Methods CICPS, DTPSTM and solid pedicle screws were implanted into osteoporotic bone models (density: 0. 16 g/cm3, n = 7) according to the clinical standard procedure. Four different volumes of bone cement (1,2,3 and 5 ml) were used to reinforce CICPS and DTPSTM , respectively, and the solid pedicle screws were used as control. X-ray and CT were applied to observe the bone cement distribution in different groups. Maximum axial pullout strength test was used to analyze the relationship between the bone cement volume and maximum axial pullout strength, and the biomechanical stabilities of CICPS, DTPS and solid pedicle screws were compared. Results X-ray showed that there was no bone cement rear leakage in all screws. Three-dimensional reconstruction of X-ray and CT showed bone cement well and widely distributed through the three side holes of the CICPS in bone models. Bone cement flowed out mainly through the proximal side hole of the DTPSTM But rarely through the distal side hole. The maximum axial pullout strength of each group was as follows: solid pedicle screws; (28.5 ±4.0) N; CICPS: 1 ml (140.3 ±15.9) N, 2 ml (197. 1 ±9.8) N, 3 ml (215.4 ±10.7) N and 5 ml (237.0 ±23.6) N; and DTPSTM: 1 ml (114. 3 ± 17.7) N, 2 ml (180.5 ±13.6) N, 3 ml (207.2 ±30.0) N and 5 ml (291.3 ± 25. 1) N. The maximum axial pullout strength of the CICPS and DTPSTM after reinforced by bone cement was significantly greater than that of the control group, and the strength increased along with the increase of bone cement volume. When the volume of bone cement was 1, 2 and 3 ml, the biomechanical stability of the CICPS was higher than that of the DTPSTM ( P <0. 05 ). When the volume of bone cement was 5 ml, the biomechanical stability of the DTPSTM Was higher than that of the CICPS (P <0. 05). Conclusion It is effective to enhance the

  19. Bone cement-augmented pedicle screw fixation for lumbar spondylolisthesis combined with osteoporosis:1-year follow-up%骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉置入固定骨质疏松性腰椎滑脱:1年随访

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    丁权; 陈勇

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:For patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis combined with osteoporosis, appropriate fixation system for effective reset and good fixation stability is currently a hot issue of clinical concern. Pedicle screw screw-rod system after bone cement perfusion can achieve the effective fixation between pedicle screw system and the vertebral bone. OBJECTIVE:To observe the therapeutic effect of bone cement-augmented pedicle screw on patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis combined with osteoporosis. METHODS:17 cases of lumbar spondylolisthesis combined with osteoporosis were identified by bone density test. They received the posterior open reduction and internal fixation, and implanted with 68 bone cement-augmented pedicle screws. Their repair effects were observed by short-term fol ow-up. Patients were evaluated using low back pain Visual Analog Scale and lower limb Oswestry Disability Index before treatment, 1 week, 3 months and 1 year after treatment. Vertebral height, intervertebral height, screw loosening and bone cement leakage were observed using imaging. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Compared with pre-treatment, low back pain Visual Analog Scale score and lower limb Oswestry Disability Index were significantly improved at 1 week, 3 months and 1 year after treatment (P0.05), which indicated that clinical repair effect could be effectively maintained. At 3 months of fol ow-up, one screw loosening occurred in two patients. During fixation, mild bone cement leakage appeared in seven vertebral bodies with screw fixation, no symptoms or subsequent complications were observed. There were no significant differences in vertebral height and intervertebral height before and after treatment and during fol ow-up (P>0.05). These results suggest that bone cement-augmented pedicle screw for patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis combined with osteoporosis can effectively reset vertebral slippage, effectively provide good anti-pul-out force for a long term, and the effect was

  20. Screw-Retaining Allen Wrench

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    Granett, D.

    1985-01-01

    Steadying screws with fingers unnecessary. Crimp in uncompressed spring wire slightly protrudes from one facet of Allen wrench. Compressed spring retains Allen screw. Tool used with Allen-head screws in cramped spaces with little or no room for fingers to hold fastener while turned by wrench.

  1. Comparative study of safety and efficacy of electrocautery blade with cold scalpel blade for skin opening during fixation of fracture of forearm bone with plate and screws

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    K T Madhukar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The art of performing surgeries have improved in recent years with the development of various electrosurgical devices assisting surgeons in performing safer surgeries with better outcomes. Skin incision has traditionally been made with a standard scalpel blade with good primary healing end results of the wound. The electrocautery has been used safely in performing deeper dissections. Use of electrocautery in skin incision has been discouraged in the past for the fear of cutaneous scarring, wound dehiscence, and infections particularly in orthopedic surgeries using internal implants. A review of the literature shows not many studies have been conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of electrocautery in skin incisions during orthopedic surgeries using internal implants. Aim: A prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital with the aim to determine whether an electrocautery blade can be used safely for skin incisions. Materials and Methods: Sixty-two patients with single-bone fracture of the forearm undergoing open reduction and internal fixation received one-half of the incision with a standard scalpel blade and another half with electrocautery in pure cutting mode randomly. Analysis: Wounds were compared on operating day for any physical changes and on days 3, 5, and 12, and again on 3 rd and 6 weeks follow-up to know any difference in skin healing between the incised wounds of the two halves. Results: No evidence of any difference in healing of the two halves of skin incision was noted. There was also no increased risk of wound scarring, dehiscence, or infection with electrocautery incision when compared with standard scalpel incision. The time taken for skin incision with electrocautery was significantly less when compared with cold scalpel incision. Conclusion: We propose that electrocautery can be safely used for performing skin incision, with comparable results to that of a standard scalpel skin incision.

  2. Intraoperative insertion torque of lumbar pedicle screw and postoperative radiographic evaluation. Short-term observation

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    The correlation between the insertion torque of a lumbar pedicle screw and the mechanical stability of the screw in the bone has been mentioned in in vitro studies. The purpose of this study was to confirm the factors affecting the insertion torque of such screws in vivo. Also, the contribution of insertion torque to the initial stability of the fusion area was to be analyzed in vivo. A series of 23 cases representing 50 lumbar vertebrae were included in this study, in which we examined bone mineral density using quantitative computed tomography (CT) prior to operation. Two screw shapes were utilized, with the insertion torque for each screw measured at two points in time. The correlation between insertion torque and mineral density was investigated. Screw positions were confirmed on postoperative CT scans, and the effect of the screw thread cutting into the cortex bone was investigated. Radiographic changes at three points during a period of 3 months were also measured, and we then evaluated the interrelations between these changes and insertion torque. Furthermore, the relation between insertion torque and instability at 3 months was investigated. Correlations of insertion torque and bone mineral density depended on screw shape. There was no correlation found with mineral density in the case of cylindrical screws. Insertion torque was not affected by the screw thread cutting into the cortex of bone. As for postoperative alignment changes, no definitive trends could be ascertained, and no interrelations with torque and alignment changes were observed. There is a possibility that insertion torque was related to early-stage stability, but no statistical relation could be determined. (author)

  3. Comparison of migration behavior between single and dual lag screw implants for intertrochanteric fracture fixation

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    Katonis Pavlos G

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lag screw cut-out failure following fixation of unstable intertrochanteric fractures in osteoporotic bone remains an unsolved challenge. This study tested if resistance to cut-out failure can be improved by using a dual lag screw implant in place of a single lag screw implant. Migration behavior and cut-out resistance of a single and a dual lag screw implant were comparatively evaluated in surrogate specimens using an established laboratory model of hip screw cut-out failure. Methods Five dual lag screw implants (Endovis, Citieffe and five single lag screw implants (DHS, Synthes were tested in the Hip Implant Performance Simulator (HIPS of the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory. This model simulated osteoporotic bone, an unstable fracture, and biaxial rocking motion representative of hip loading during normal gait. All constructs were loaded up to 20,000 cycles of 1.45 kN peak magnitude under biaxial rocking motion. The migration kinematics was continuously monitored with 6-degrees of freedom motion tracking system and the number of cycles to implant cut-out was recorded. Results The dual lag screw implant exhibited significantly less migration and sustained more loading cycles in comparison to the DHS single lag screw. All DHS constructs failed before 20,000 cycles, on average at 6,638 ± 2,837 cycles either by cut-out or permanent screw bending. At failure, DHS constructs exhibited 10.8 ± 2.3° varus collapse and 15.5 ± 9.5° rotation around the lag screw axis. Four out of five dual screws constructs sustained 20,000 loading cycles. One dual screw specimens sustained cut-out by medial migration of the distal screw after 10,054 cycles. At test end, varus collapse and neck rotation in dual screws implants advanced to 3.7 ± 1.7° and 1.6 ± 1.0°, respectively. Conclusion The single and double lag screw implants demonstrated a significantly different migration resistance in surrogate specimens under gait loading simulation with

  4. Prediction at long-term condyle screw fixation of temporomandibular joint implant: A numerical study.

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    Ramos, A; Duarte, R J; Mesnard, M

    2015-05-01

    The fixation of commercial temporomandibular joint (TMJ) implant is accomplished by using screws, which, in some cases, can lead to loosening of the implant. The aim of this study was to predict the evolution of fixation success of a TMJ. Numerical models using a Christensen TMJ implant were developed to analyze strain distributions in the adjacent mandibular bone. The geometry of a human mandible was developed based on computed tomography (CT) scans from a cadaveric mandible on which a TMJ implant was subsequently placed. In this study, the five most important muscle forces acting were applied and the anatomical conditions replicated. The evolution of fixation was defined according to bone response methodology focused in strain distribution around the screws. Strain and micromotions were analyzed to evaluate implant stability, and the evolution process conduct at three different stages: start with all nine screws in place (initial stage); middle stage, with three screws removed (middle stage), and end stage, with only three screws in place (final stage). With regard to loosening, the implant success fixation changed the strains in the bone between 21% and 30%, when considering the last stage. The most important screw positions were #1, #7, and #9. It was observed that, despite the commercial Christensen TMJ implant providing nine screw positions for fixation, only three screws were necessary to ensure implant stability and fixation success. PMID:25819477

  5. Ball tip method for thoracic pedicle screw placement in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of ball tip method for thoracic pedicle screw placements in idiopathic scoliosis patients. 24 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis were included in this study. Conventional method was performed in 12 patients. Ball tip method was performed in 12 patients. Accuracy of the pedicle screw placement was evaluated based on the postoperative CT. In the ball tip method, a probe which was consisted of ball tip with flexible shaft was used. After removing of cortical bone at a starting point, the probe was inserted manually or sometimes with gently tapping by hammer. During the maneuver, the probe will gradually progress into cancellous bone in the pedicle, without perforating cortical bone in the pedicle. Following expansion of the hole by a rigid gear shift probe, screw was placed in the pedicle. 65.1% of screws were located within pedicle in the conventional group and 86.5% in the ball tip group. 5.3% of screws were located out of pedicle within 2 mm in the conventional group and 8.2% in the ball tip group. 15.8% of screws were located out of pedicle beyond 2 mm and 1.8% in the ball tip group. The ball tip method enhanced the accuracy of thoracic pedicle screw placements in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients. The ball tip method may be effective for accurate pedicle screw placement in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (author)

  6. Fabrication of a screw-retained restoration avoiding the facial access hole: a clinical report.

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    Garcia-Gazaui, Sabrina; Razzoog, Michael; Sierraalta, Marianella; Saglik, Berna

    2015-11-01

    Dental implant restorations may be either screw-retained or cemented onto an abutment. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages, cemented restorations are commonly used in the maxillary arch, usually because of esthetic concerns. Available bone in the anterior maxilla dictates the placement of the implant, which may result in a facially positioned screw-access opening. Still, a growing volume of literature states that periimplant soft tissues respond more favorably to screw-retained crowns than cement-retained crowns. This clinical report outlines a treatment with a new method of fabricating a custom abutment-crown combination for a screw-retained restoration. The technique allows the channel for the screw to be placed at an angle other than parallel to the implant body. In this case, the practitioner may choose either a screw-retained or cement-retained implant restoration, where previously only a cemented restoration was possible. PMID:26344192

  7. BIOMECHANICAL EVALUATION OF DYNAMIC HIP SCREW WITH BONE CEMENT AUGMENTATION IN NORMAL BONE%骨水泥强化正常骨质动力髋螺钉固定的生物力学研究

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    黎宁; 彭阿钦; 柴仪; 曹晶; 刘勇; 郭锐; 韩长伶

    2007-01-01

    目的 选取正常骨密度的股骨转子间骨折标本,研究骨水泥强化对动力髋螺钉(dynamic hip screw,DHS)固定的生物力学影响.方法 取成年男性防腐尸体双侧股骨上段标本24对48侧,制备A2型股骨转子间骨折DHS固定模型.右侧标本行骨水泥强化DHS固定,为强化组;左侧行DHS常规固定,为对照组.两组标本进行弯曲强度实验及扭转强度实验.结果 强化组最大负荷及最大扭矩分别为3 852.160 2±143.603 1 N、15.5±2.6 Nm,对照组为3 702.966 7±133.860 1 N、14.7±3.4 Nm;两组比较生物力学差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 正常骨密度的股骨转子间骨折行骨水泥强化,对DHS固定强度及骨折整体稳定性无显著影响.

  8. ONE OR TWO SCREWS IN THE FRACTURE OF THE ODONTOID PROCESS? EVALUATION USING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

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    Carlos Alexandre Botelho do Amaral

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To evaluate the bone area of the odontoid process through computed tomography and its relation with the area of one and two screws in the male and female subjects.Methods:188 CT scans of adults were analyzed. The isthmus area was selected and the transverse diameter was measured at 1.2 mm from the base of odontoid.Results:After placement of a screw, the odontoid area remains with 82% of free bone for both men and women. With two screws, 45.6% of women, had a free bone area of the odontoid process between 50% and 75% and 54.4% were above 75%. 26.6% men had percentage from 50% to 75% of free bone area and 73.4% above 75% (p=0.07. After the placement of two screws, the bone area was, in average, 77.3% in men and 75.4% in women. Using the Student t-test, the differences between the average of percentage of free bone area in men and women are significantly lower in women (p=0.0012.Conclusion:The pre-operative planning through CT can help to choose the number of screws in the odontoid process. The choice should be particularly careful when using two screws in women.

  9. BIOMECHANICAL EVALUATION OF THE INFLUENCE OF CERVICAL SCREWS TAPPING AND DESIGN

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    Silva, Patricia; Rosa, Rodrigo César; Shimano, Antonio Carlos; Albuquerque de Paula, Francisco José; Volpon, José Batista; Aparecido Defino, Helton Luiz

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To assess if the screw design (self-drilling/self-tapping) and the pilot hole tapping could affect the insertion torque and screw pullout strength of the screw used in anterior fixation of the cervical spine. Methods: Forty self-tapping screws and 20 self-drilling screws were inserted into 10 models of artificial bone and 10 cervical vertebrae of sheep. The studied parameters were the insertion torque and pullout strength. The following groups were created: Group I-self-tapping screw insertion after pilot hole drilling and tapping; Group II-self-tapping screw insertion after pilot hole drilling without tapping; Group III-self-drilling screw insertion without drilling and tapping. In Groups I and II, the pilot hole had 14.0 mm in depth and was made with a 3mmn drill, while tapping was made with a 4mm tap. The insertion torque was measured and the pullout test was performed. The comparison between groups was made considering the mean insertion torque and the maximum mean pullout strength with the variance analysis (ANOVA; p≤ 0.05). Results: Previous drilling and tapping of pilot hole significantly decreased the insertion torque and the pullout strength. Conclusion: The insertion torque and pullout strength of self-drilling screws were significantly higher when compared to self-tapping screws inserted after pilot hole tapping. PMID:27004189

  10. Effect of different radial hole designs on pullout and structural strength of cannulated pedicle screws.

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    Chen, Hsin-Chang; Lai, Yu-Shu; Chen, Wen-Chuan; Chen, Jou-Wen; Chang, Chia-Ming; Chen, Yi-Long; Wang, Shih-Tien; Cheng, Cheng-Kung

    2015-08-01

    Cannulated pedicle screws are designed for bone cement injection to enhance fixation strength in severely osteoporotic spines. However, the screws commonly fracture during insertion. This study aims to evaluate how different positions/designs of radial holes may affect the pullout and structural strength of cannulated pedicle screws using finite element analysis. Three different screw hole designs were evaluated under torsion and bending conditions. The pullout strength for each screw was determined by axial pullout failure testing. The results showed that when the Von Mises stress reached the yield stress of titanium alloy the screw with four radial holes required a greater torque or bending moment than the nine and twelve hole screws. In the pullout test, the strength and stiffness of each screw with cement augmentation showed no significant differences, but the screw with four radial holes had a greater average pullout strength, which probably resulted from the significantly greater mean maximum lengths of cement augmentation. Superior biomechanical responses, with lower stress around the radial holes and greater pullout strength, represented by cannulated pedicle screw with four radial holes may worth recommending for clinical application. PMID:26054806

  11. 老年肱骨髁间骨折患者螺钉植入区域骨量变化的定量分析%A quantitative analysis of bone density in the screw area of the elderly intercondylar fractures of humerus Zhang Yanhui1, Zhang Zhuqiu2, Wang

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    张衍辉; 张祝秋; 王烨; 孙晟轩; 周海斌

    2016-01-01

    目的:通过对比肱骨髁间骨折合并骨质疏松的患者不同随访时间 X 线片螺钉周围灰度的变化,定量分析螺钉置于肱骨髁后外侧及肱骨髁两侧的安全性。方法回顾性收集苏州大学附属第二医院2009年9月至2012年11月肱骨髁间骨折合并骨质疏松的患者30例,其中螺钉置于肱骨髁后外侧区域的15例患者为肱骨髁后外侧组,螺钉置于肱骨髁两侧或单侧区域的15例患者为肱骨髁两侧组。两组患者在年龄、性别、术前诊断方面均匹配。用 Photoshop 及 Image J 软件测两组患者 X线片灰度值,取相对值。结果两组患者全部得到随访,随访时间9~26个月,平均17.8个月。两组肱骨髁远端处灰度值均较术后3d 有不同程度的升高,说明术后肱骨远端区域骨量存在丢失。术后3 d肱骨髁后外侧组灰度值为81.93±10.43,肱骨髁两侧组灰度值为110.35±14.48,两组比较差异有统计学意义(F=10.52,P0.05)。结论由于肱骨髁后外侧骨量的不足,螺钉置于此区域,会增加松动、断钉的风险;肱骨髁两侧骨量相对丢失不大,可以作为理想的置钉区域。因此,临床上对于肱骨髁间骨折合并骨质疏松的患者,更建议选择使用平行钢板固定。%Background The treatment of humeral intercondylar fracture is often very difficult and technical demanding because of its intra-articular involvement.Especially in the elderly patients and those with osteoporosis, reduced bone mass lets the patients suffer from more seriously comminuted fractures while internal fixation is less stable since screws gets loose easily and a firm fixation is hard to achieve.Therefore,choosing a proper fixation location is one of the key factors for successful fixation of distal humeral fractures in the elderly patients.Park et al performed morphological measurements (the number of bone trabeculae and cortical bone thickness)of the distal humeral region in deceased elderly (with a mean

  12. A new concept for implant fixation: bone-to-bone biologic fixation.

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    Kim, D-Y; Kim, J-R; Jang, K Y; Lee, K-B

    2015-01-01

    Many attempts have been made to reduce complications of bone implant, such as pedicle screw loosening. To address this problem, the authors suggest a new concept of bone-to-bone biologic fixation using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)-loaded cannulated pedicle screws. Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 is an osteoinductive cytokine. Four types of titanium pedicle screws were tested (uncannulated, cannulated with no loading, beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP)-loaded, and TCP/BMP2 loaded) using 16 miniature pigs. Radiological evaluation was conducted to assess the fusion and loosening of pedicle screws. Twelve weeks after implantation, peak torsional extraction torque was measured, and the pedicle screw and bone interface was evaluated by micro-computed tomography (µCT) and histologic examination. The mean value of the radiological score was significantly greater in the TCP/BMP2 loaded group at 12 weeks post-operation compared to those in the other groups. CT images showed distinct bone formation surrounding TCP/BMP2 loaded cannulated pedicle screws compared to the other groups. Mean extraction torsional peak torque at 12 weeks postoperative was more than 10-fold higher in the TCP/BMP2 loaded pedicle screw group than in the other groups. Bone surface and bone volume, as quantitated through µCT, were higher in the TCP/BMP2 loaded group. Histologic examination revealed bone-to-bone fixation at the interface of pedicle screws and pre-existing bone. Bone-to-bone biologic fixation through the holes of TCP/BMP2 loaded pedicle screws significantly increased fixation strength and represents a novel method that can be applied to osteoporotic or tumour spine surgeries. PMID:25978116

  13. A new concept for implant fixation: bone-to-bone biologic fixation

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Many attempts have been made to reduce complications of bone implant, such as pedicle screw loosening. To address this problem, the authors suggest a new concept of bone-to-bone biologic fixation using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2-loaded cannulated pedicle screws. Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 is an osteoinductive cytokine. Four types of titanium pedicle screws were tested (uncannulated, cannulated with no loading, beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP-loaded, and TCP/BMP2 loaded using 16 miniature pigs. Radiological evaluation was conducted to assess the fusion and loosening of pedicle screws. Twelve weeks after implantation, peak torsional extraction torque was measured, and the pedicle screw and bone interface was evaluated by micro-computed tomography (µCT and histologic examination. The mean value of the radiological score was significantly greater in the TCP/BMP2 loaded group at 12 weeks post-operation compared to those in the other groups. CT images showed distinct bone formation surrounding TCP/BMP2 loaded cannulated pedicle screws compared to the other groups. Mean extraction torsional peak torque at 12 weeks postoperative was more than 10-fold higher in the TCP/BMP2 loaded pedicle screw group than in the other groups. Bone surface and bone volume, as quantitated through µCT, were higher in the TCP/BMP2 loaded group. Histologic examination revealed bone-to-bone fixation at the interface of pedicle screws and pre-existing bone. Bone-to-bone biologic fixation through the holes of TCP/BMP2 loaded pedicle screws significantly increased fixation strength and represents a novel method that can be applied to osteoporotic or tumour spine surgeries.

  14. Mechanics research of bone cement augmentation on pedicle screw in revision of internal lumbar fixation%椎弓根螺钉骨水泥强化技术在腰椎内固定翻修手术中的力学研究

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    陈路; 廖琦; 龚玉琴

    2014-01-01

    目的:评价骨水泥强化技术在钉道扩大时对椎弓根螺钉固定强度的影响,为腰椎内固定翻修选择可靠的补救技术提供依据。方法选用成人尸体腰椎标本40个,观察组进行骨水泥强化,对照组普通方法置钉,进行生物力学检测。结果两种固定方法的最大轴向拔出力及最大旋出扭矩具有显著性差异(P<0.001),并提示弱相关。结论(1)在腰椎内固定翻修手术中,对椎弓根螺钉进行骨水泥强化可以有效提高椎弓根螺钉的固定强度。(2)钉道本身的骨质量对进行强化后的椎弓根螺钉固定强度影响有限。%Objective To evaluate the effect of bone cement augmentation technique on fixation strength of pedicle screw dur-ing trajectory expansion,to provide the basis of reliable remedial technique selection for revision of internal lumbar fixation.Methods A total of 40 lumbar vertebrae and 80 pedicles were obtained to stimulate the trajectory of pedicle needing revision after internal lumbar fixation surgery. 40 lumbar vertebrae were randomly divided into Group A and Group B ,with 20 simple fixed sides and 20 augmented fixed sides in each group. In Group A,pedicles on both sides of all the specimens were determined for the maximum axial pullout of strength;while in Group B,pedicles on both sides of all the specimens were detected for the maximum rotary torque,and differences between the two sides were compared. Results (1) There was significant difference between the two fixations,indicating a weak correlation. Conclusion (1)It was confirmed that in revision of internal lumbar fixation,bone cement augmentation on pedicle screw can effectively improve the strength of pedicle screw. (2)Maximum axial pullout of strength and maximum rotary torque in reinforced group were weakly correlated with those in the control group ,suggesting the bone quality of the trajectory had limited influence on the strength of reinforced pedicle screw

  15. A screwing device for handling and assembly of micro screws

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    Gegeckaite, Asta; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard

    2007-01-01

    Nowadays, the application of specially designed handling devices in micro technology is an important topic and a necessity for the industry. Conventional methods for screwing can not be applied directly to micro screws. This is caused by the 3D micro object geometry and dimensions which inducing specific requirements for the torque and displacement regarding precision and repeatability. Micro screws are used as critical mechanical components in micro assemblies such as watches, dials, compute...

  16. NUT SCREW MECHANISMS

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    Glass, J.A.F.

    1958-07-01

    A reactor control mechanism is described wherein the control is achieved by the partial or total withdrawal of the fissile material which is in the form of a fuel rod. The fuel rod is designed to be raised and lowered from the reactor core area by means of two concentric ball nut and screw assemblies that may telescope one within the other. These screw mechanisms are connected through a magnetic clutch to a speed reduction gear and an accurately controllable prime motive source. With the clutch energized, the fuel rod may be moved into the reactor core area, and fine adjustments may be made through the reduction gearing. However, in the event of a power failure or an emergency signal, the magnetic clutch will become deenergized, and the fuel rod will drop out of the core area by the force of gravity, thus shutting down the operation of the reactor.

  17. Preliminary experimental results of radiofrequency-cement-augmented and cannulated pedicle screws

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The risk of cut-out of a pedicle screw is high in the presence of osteoporotic bone. In cadaver studies it was found that cement augmentation of pedicle screws markedly increases pullout forces. However, the use of conventional low viscosity vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty cement is associated with the risk of cement extravasation. The risk might be reduced by using high viscosity, radiofrequency-activated bone cement. After performing DEXA scans, six fresh-frozen vertebral bodies of different bone densities were obtained from cadavers. Two pedicle screws (WSI Expertise-Inject, Peter Brehm, Germany were placed in the pedicles. About 3 ml of radiofrequency-activated, ultra-high viscosity cement (ER2 Bone Cement, DFine Europe GmbH, Germany was injected through the right pedicle. The left pedicle screw was left uncemented and served as control. Axial pullout tests were performed using a material testing device (Zwick/Roell Zmartpro, Ulm, Germany. The tests revealed that cementaugmented pedicle screws were able to withstand markedly higher pullout forces. Extravasation of cement did not occur. The value of the study is limited by the fact that only six samples were investigated. Further cadaver studies and clinical evaluation will be needed in the future. However, this pilot study showed that combining cannulated pedicle screws with ultra-high viscosity bone cement is a successful approach. Revision due to cut-out and complications secondary to cement extravasation can be reduced by this method.

  18. Postoperative evaluation of the position of interference screws, boneblocks and ligamentum patellae autografts in anterlor cruciate ligament replacement

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    Purpose: Evaluation of arthroscopically assisted reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament using ligamentum patellae autografts in the bone-tendon-bone technique with special regard to the position of blocks and interference screws. Material and methods: In a prospective study 28 patients were included after undergoing arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery. Data thus obtained were correlated with the postoperatively determined functional parameters of the affected joint. Results: Interference screws, bone-blocks and ligamentous transplants could be well imaged using CT. In a comparison of our data with clinical results there was a statistically highly significant correlation between clinical outcome and the position of bone-blocks and interference screws in the tibia. Angles between screw and bone-block exceeding a standard deviation led to significantly worse results, while a divergence in femoral angles did not lead to significantly worse results. (orig./AJ)

  19. ROTARY SCREW SYSTEMS IN CEMENT

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    Taratuta V. D.; Belokur K. A.; Serga G. V.

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    The article presents results of research of rotary-screw systems in relation to the creation of rotary kilns for the annealing of-cuttings in the preparation of cement clinker. Using the proposed design, in comparison with known designs of similar purpose, it significantly improves performance, reduces size and power consumption through the use of rotary screw systems in the form of screw rotors and drums made hollow with sidewalls assembled from separate strips or plates of different geometr...

  20. Surgical management of proximal splint bone fractures in the horse

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    Fractures of Metacarpal and Metatarsal II and IV (the splint bones) were treated in 283 horses over an 11 year period. In 21 cases the proximal portion of the fractured bone was stabilized with metallic implants. One or more cortical bone screws were used in 11 horses, and bone plates were applied in 11 horses. One horse received both treatments. Complications of screw fixation included bone failure, implant failure, radiographic lucency around the screws, and proliferative new bone at the ostectomy site. Only two of the horses treated with screw fixation returned to their intended use. Complications of plate fixation included partial fixation failure (backing out of screws), wound drainage, and proliferative bony response around the plate. Six of the 11 horses treated by plate fixation returned to their intended use. The authors recommend consideration of plate fixation techniques for repair of fractures in the proximal third of the splint bone

  1. In vitro biomechanical study of pedicle screw pull-out strength based on different screw path preparation techniques

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    Moldavsky, Mark; Salloum, Kanaan; Bucklen, Brandon; Khalil, Saif; Mehta, Jwalant S

    2016-01-01

    Background: Poor screw-to-bone fixation is a clinical problem that can lead to screw loosening. Under-tapping (UT) the pedicle screw has been evaluated biomechanically in the past. The objective of the study was to determine if pedicle preparation with a sequential tapping technique will alter the screw-to-bone fixation strength using a stress relaxation testing loading protocol. Materials and Methods: Three thoracolumbar calf spines were instrumented with pedicle screws that were either probed, UT, standard-tapped (ST), or sequential tapped to prepare the pedicle screw track and a stress relaxation protocol was used to determine pull-out strength. The maximum torque required for pedicle screw insertion and pull-out strength was reported. A one-way ANOVA and Tukeys post-hoc test were used to determine statistical significance. Results: The pedicle screw insertion torques for the probed, UT, ST and sequentially tapped (SQT) techniques were 5.09 (±1.08) Nm, 5.39 (±1.61) Nm, 2.93 (±0.43) Nm, and 3.54 (±0.67) Nm, respectively. There is a significant difference between probed compared to ST (P ≤ 0.05), as well as UT compared to both ST and SQT (P ≤ 0.05). The pull-out strength for pedicle screws for the probed, UT, ST and SQT techniques was 2443 (±782) N, 2353(±918) N, 2474 (±521) N, and 2146 (±582) N, respectively, with no significant difference (P ≥ 0.05) between techniques. Conclusions: The ST technique resulted in the highest pull-out strength while the SQT technique resulted in the lowest. However, there was no significant difference in the pull-out strength for the various preparation techniques and there was no correlation between insertion torque and pull-out strength. This suggests that other factors such as bone density may have a greater influence on pull-out strength. PMID:27053808

  2. Cement embolism into the venous system after pedicle screw fixation: case report, literature review, and prevention tips

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    Ghassan Kerry

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The strength of pedicle screws attachment to the vertebrae is an important factor affecting their motion resistance and long term performance. Low bone quality, e.g. in osteopenic patients, keeps the screw bone interface at risk for subsidence and dislocation. In such cases, bone cement could be used to augment pedicle screw fixation. But its use is not free of risk. Therefore, clinicians, especially spine surgeons, radiologists, and internists should become increasingly aware of cement migration and embolism as possible complications. Here, we present an instructive case of cement embolism into the venous system after augmented screw fixation with fortunately asymptomatic clinical course. In addition we discuss pathophysiology and prevention methods as well as therapeutic management of this potentially life-threatening complication in a comprehensive review of the literature. However, only a few case reports of cement embolism into the venous system were published after augmented screw fixation.

  3. A new alternative to expandable pedicle screws: Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell.

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    Demir, Teyfik

    2015-05-01

    Screw pullout is a very common problem in the fixation of sacrum with pedicle screws. The principal cause of this problem is that the cyclic micro motions in the fixation of sacrum are higher than the other regions of the vertebrae that limit the osteo-integration between bone and screw. In addition to that, the bone quality is very poor at sacrum region. This study investigated a possible solution to the pullout problem without the expandable screws' handicaps. Newly designed poly-ether-ether-ketone expandable shell and classical pedicle screws were biomechanically compared. Torsion test, pullout tests, fatigue tests, flexion/extension moment test, axial gripping capacity tests and torsional gripping capacity tests were conducted in accordance with ASTM F543, F1798 and F1717. Standard polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae were used as embedding medium for pullout tests. Classical pedicle screw pullout load on polyurethane foam was 564.8 N compared to the failure load for calf vertebrae's 1264 N. Under the same test conditions, expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell system's pullout loads from polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae were 1196.3 and 1890 N, respectively. The pullout values for expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell were 33% and 53% higher than classical pedicle screw on polyurethane foam and calf vertebrae, respectively. The expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell exhibited endurance on its 90% of yield load. Contrary to poly-ether-ether-ketone shell, classical pedicle screw exhibited endurance on 70% of its yield load. Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell exhibited much higher pullout performance than classical pedicle screw. Fatigue performance of expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell is also higher than classical pedicle screw due to damping the micro motion capacity of the poly-ether-ether-ketone. Expandable poly-ether-ether-ketone shell is a safe alternative to all other expandable pedicle screw systems on mechanical perspective

  4. Biomechanical effects of kyphoplasty-assisted versus traditional bone cement augmentation on the loosened sacral screws%后凸成形和传统钉道骨水泥强化对骶骨钉松动的生物力学作用

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    周冬长; 王丽冰; 曾丽雯; 黄阳亮; 于滨生

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Kyphoplasty-assisted bone cement augmentation can be used in lumbar pedicle screw fixation of osteoporotic patients.OBJECTIVE: To assess the fixation strengths of loosened sacral screws augmented with kyphoplasty-assisted and traditional bone cement techniques.METHODS: Fresh sacra were harvested from nine osteoporotic cadavers. After testing bilaterally placed unicortical and bicortical pedicle screws, two unicortical pedicle screws with the traditional and kyphoplasty-assisted cement augmentations were established on the same sacrum. Following 2000 cyclic compression loading to screw head on a MTS machine, their maximum pull-out forces were recorded and compared. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The bone mineral densities of nine specimens were ranged from 0.61 to 0.77 g/cm2 (0.71 g/cm2 in average). The mean maximum pull-out forces of unicortical and bicortical screws, and traditional and kyphoplasty-assisted cement screws were 203, 325, 437, and 565 N, respectively. The pull-out force was significantly higher in bicortical screw compared with unicortical (P < 0.05); however, these two fixations exhibited markedly lower pull-out strength compared with two cement augmentation techniques (P < 0.05). The pull-out strength was significantly higher in kyphoplasty-assisted cement augmentation group compared with traditional bone cement technique (P < 0.05). In addition, a significant positive correlation was exhibited between bone mineral density and pull-out force for the four fixations (P < 0.05). Results demonstrated that traditional and kyphoplasty-assisted cement augmentations can serve as the salvage technique for loosening sacral screw. However, kyphoplasty-assisted augmentation can provide higher stability.%背景:后凸成形骨水泥强化可应用于骨质疏松患者的腰椎椎弓根钉固定.目的:评价松动的骶骨钉经后凸成形和传统钉道骨水泥强化后的固定强度.方法:纳入9具骨质疏松症患者的新鲜尸体标本.在同

  5. Clinical effect of posterior pedicle screw ifxation and bone graft surgery for thoracolumbar spine fracture%脊柱胸腰段骨折行后路椎弓根螺钉固定联合植骨手术的临床效果

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    官丙刚; 韩燕; 邓树才

    2016-01-01

    Objective to observe and analyze clinical effect of posterior pedicle screw fixation and bone graft surgery for thoracolumbar spine fracture.Methods choose 64 cases thoracolumbar fracture patients treated in our hospital from May 2013 to October 2015 as research objects and randomly divide them into control and observation group, 32 cases in each. Observation group was treated with posterior pedicle screw fixation and bone graft surgery, and control group with combined lateral bone grafting. Compare treatment effect of two groups.Results after operation, VAS scores, Worter index, Cobb angle and complication incidence of observation group were significantly better than control group, difference showed statistical significance (P<0.05).Conclusion posterior pedicle screw fixation and bone graft surgery has significant clinical effect for thoracolumbar spine fracture, which can effectively improve patient’s life quality,and is worthy of clinical application and promotion.%目的:观察分析脊柱胸腰段骨折行后路椎弓根螺钉固定联合植骨手术的临床效果。方法选取我院2013年5月至2015年10月收治的64例脊柱胸腰段骨折患者为研究对象,随机分为对照组与观察组,各32例。观察组行后路椎弓根螺钉固定联合植骨术治疗,对照组行联合外侧植骨治疗,比较两组治疗效果。结果术后,观察组VAS评分、Worter指数、Cobb角及并发症发生率均显著优于对照组,(P<0.05)差异具有统计学意义。结论对脊柱胸腰段骨折患者行后路椎弓根螺钉固定联合植骨术的临床疗效显著,可有效提高患者生活质量,值得临床广泛应用及推广。

  6. A screwing device for handling and assembly of micro screws

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    Gegeckaite, Asta; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard

    2007-01-01

    Nowadays, the application of specially designed handling devices in micro technology is an important topic and a necessity for the industry. Conventional methods for screwing can not be applied directly to micro screws. This is caused by the 3D micro object geometry and dimensions which inducing ...

  7. Comparison of the bending performance of solid and cannulated spinal pedicle screws using finite element analyses and biomechanical tests.

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    Shih, Kao-Shang; Hsu, Ching-Chi; Hou, Sheng-Mou; Yu, Shan-Chuen; Liaw, Chen-Kun

    2015-09-01

    Spinal pedicle screw fixations have been used extensively to treat fracture, tumor, infection, or degeneration of the spine. Cannulated spinal pedicle screws with bone cement augmentation might be a useful method to ameliorate screw loosening. However, cannulated spinal pedicle screws might also increase the risk of screw breakage. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the bending performance of different spinal pedicle screws with either solid design or cannulated design. Three-dimensional finite element models, which consisted of the spinal pedicle screw and the screw's hosting material, were first constructed. Next, monotonic and cyclic cantilever bending tests were both applied to validate the results of the finite element analyses. Finally, both the numerical and experimental approaches were evaluated and compared. The results indicated that the cylindrical spinal pedicle screws with a cannulated design had significantly poorer bending performance. In addition, conical spinal pedicle screws maintained the original bending performance, whether they were solid or of cannulated design. This study may provide useful recommendations to orthopedic surgeons before surgery, and it may also provide design rationales to biomechanical engineers during the development of spinal pedicle screws. PMID:26208430

  8. Stability and interbody fusion of augmented pedicle screws with bone cement for lumbar spondylolisthesis accompanied with osteoporosis%骨水泥螺钉强化固定伴骨质疏松腰椎滑脱症的稳定性及椎间融合

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    姚珍松; 丁金勇; 唐永超; 陈康; 江晓兵; 梁德; 晋大祥; 庄洪; 张顺聪; 杨志东

    2016-01-01

    背景:对于骨质疏松严重的腰椎滑脱症患者,复位时易发生螺钉松动、拔出,或者修复后容易出现复位丢失及内固定失败,因此修复过程中提高椎弓根螺钉固定强度非常重要。目前有关骨水泥螺钉强化技术应用于伴骨质疏松腰椎滑脱症患者的报道较少。目的:探讨聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉置入内固定在伴骨质疏松腰椎滑脱症中的应用价值。方法:将2009年6月至2011年6月收治的27例伴骨质疏松的腰椎滑脱症患者纳入回顾性分析,均行聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉置入内固定治疗。采用 Oswestry 功能障碍指数、目测类比评分评价功能障碍与疼痛程度,治疗后以影像学检查评估内固定与融合情况,记录并发症。结果与结论:患者获得15-37个月随访。末次随访 Oswestry 功能障碍指数、目测类比评分均显著优于治疗前,差异有显著性意义(P <0.05)。治疗后影像学结果显示所有患者的骨水泥与骨质界面结合紧密,螺钉及骨水泥位置良好,未发生有症状的骨水泥渗漏,末次随访无内固定失败,患者均获椎间融合。提示聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯骨水泥可增加骨质疏松椎体中椎弓根螺钉的把持力,骨水泥钉道强化固定伴骨质疏松的腰椎滑脱症安全有效,可得到满意的固定稳定性及椎间融合。%BACKGROUND: In lumbar spondylolisthesis patients with severe osteoporosis, screw is easily loose and pul s out during reposition, or loss of reduction and internal fixation failure easily occur after repair. Therefore, it is very important to elevate the intensity of pedicle screw fixation during repair. At present, few studies concern application of bone cement screw enhancement technology in lumbar spondylolisthesis patients with osteoporosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical value of augmented pedicle screw with

  9. Intra-operative computer navigation guided cervical pedicle screw insertion in thirty-three complex cervical spine deformities

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cervical pedicle screw fixation is challenging due to the small osseous morphometrics and the close proximity of neurovascular elements. Computer navigation has been reported to improve the accuracy of pedicle screw placement. There are very few studies assessing its efficacy in the presence of deformity. Also cervical pedicle screw insertion in children has not been described before. We evaluated the safety and accuracy of Iso-C 3D-navigated pedicle screws in the deformed cervical spine. Materials and Methods: Thirty-three patients including 15 children formed the study group. One hundred and forty-five cervical pedicle screws were inserted using Iso-C 3D-based computer navigation in patients undergoing cervical spine stabilization for craniovertebral junction anomalies, cervico-thoracic deformities and cervical instabilities due to trauma, post-surgery and degenerative disorders. The accuracy and containment of screw placement was assessed from postoperative computerized tomography scans. Results: One hundred and thirty (89.7% screws were well contained inside the pedicles. Nine (6.1% Type A and six (4.2% Type B pedicle breaches were observed. In 136 levels, the screws were inserted in the classical description of pedicle screw application and in nine deformed vertebra, the screws were inserted in a non-classical fashion, taking purchase of the best bone stock. None of them had a critical breach. No patient had any neurovascular complications. Conclusion: Iso-C navigation improves the safety and accuracy of pedicle screw insertion and is not only successful in achieving secure pedicle fixation but also in identifying the best available bone stock for three-column bone fixation in altered anatomy. The advantages conferred by cervical pedicle screws can be extended to the pediatric population also.

  10. Frictional performance of ball screw

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    As feed screws, ball screws have become to be adopted in place of trapezoidal threads. The structure of ball screws is complex, but those are the indispensable component of NC machine tools and machining centers, and are frequently used for industrial robots. As the problems in the operation of ball screws, there are damage, life and the performance related to friction. As to the damage and life, though there is the problem of the load distribution on balls, the results of the research on rolling bearings are applied. The friction of ball screws consists of the friction of balls and a spiral groove, the friction of a ball and a ball, the friction in a ball-circulating mechanism and the viscous friction of lubricating oil. It was decided to synthetically examine the frictional performance of ball screws, such as driving torque, the variation of driving torque, efficiency, the formation of oil film and so on, under the working condition of wide range, using the screws with different accuracy and the nuts of various circuit number. The experimental setup and the processing of the experimental data, the driving performance of ball screws and so on are reported. (Kako, I.)

  11. Screw/stud removal tool

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    Daniels, K.; Herrick, D. E.; Rothermel, L.

    1980-01-01

    Tool removes stubborn panheaded screws or studs where conventional tools would be either too weak or inconvenient to use. Screws with damaged heads or slots can also be removed this way. Tool can be worked with one hand and easily fits limited-access and blind areas. It can be made in various sizes to fit different screwheads.

  12. In vitro and in vivo studies on the degradation of high-purity Mg (99.99wt.%) screw with femoral intracondylar fractured rabbit model.

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    Han, Pei; Cheng, Pengfei; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhao, Changli; Ni, Jiahua; Zhang, Yuanzhuang; Zhong, Wanrun; Hou, Peng; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zheng, Yufeng; Chai, Yimin

    2015-09-01

    High-purity magnesium (HP Mg) takes advantage in no alloying toxic elements and slower degradation rate in lack of second phases and micro-galvanic corrosion. In this study, as rolled HP Mg was fabricated into screws and went through in vitro immersion tests, cytotoxicity test and bioactive analysis. The HP Mg screws performed uniform corrosion behavior in vitro, and its extraction promoted cell viability, bone alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, and mRNA expression of osteogenic differentiation related gene, i.e. ALP, osteopontin (OPN) and RUNX2 of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs). Then HP Mg screws were implanted in vivo as load-bearing implant to fix bone fracture and subsequently gross observation, range of motion (ROM), X-ray scanning, qualitative micro-computed tomography (μCT) analysis, histological analysis, bending-force test and SEM morphology of retrieved screws were performed respectively at 4, 8, 16 and 24 weeks. As a result, the retrieved HP Mg screws in fixation of rabbit femoral intracondylar fracture showed uniform degradation morphology and enough bending force. However, part of PLLA screws was broken in bolt, although its screw thread was still intact. Good osseointegration was revealed surrounding HP Mg screws and increased bone volume and bone mineral density were detected at fracture gap, indicating the rigid fixation and enhanced fracture healing process provided by HP Mg screws. Consequently, the HP Mg showed great potential as internal fixation devices in intra-articular fracture operation. PMID:26117658

  13. Posterior atlantoaxial transpedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlatoaxial instability

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    Zheng-lei WANG

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical efficacy of posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlantoaxial instability. Methods From September 2009 to March 2013, 17 patients with atlantoaxial instability received posterior atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation. There were 12 males and 5 females, with a mean age of 42 years old (ranged from 19 to 63 years old. Transpedicle screw fixation was employed in 8 patients with atlantoaxial fracture and dislocation, in 2 with traumatic disruption of transverse atlantal ligament, and in 7 with odontoid fracture. The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA score before operation was from 5 to 14, with a mean of 11.2. Preoperative CT, MRI and radiographs, as well as intraoperative screw placement and bone graft were administered in all the patients. Results In all the patients, complete reduction was achieved without injury to the vertebral artery, spinal cord or never root, and they started to be ambulatory on the first day after the operation. The patients were followed up for 6-36 months (mean 21 months, and clinical symptoms were seen to be improved significantly. Imaging reexamination 6 months after the surgery showed satisfactory healing of implanted bone and position of all the screws without loosening of the implant. The mean JOA scores was 15.5(11.0-17.0 twelve months after the operation. Conclusion Atlantoaxial pedicle screw fixation for traumatic atlantoaxial instability is safe and reliable with a favorable clinical result. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2015.09.14

  14. 骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定治疗伴骨质疏松腰椎管狭窄症临床应用%Clinical application of bone cement augmentation of pedicle screws in lumbar spinal canal stenosis with osteoporosis

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    孙治国; 王浩; 赵喜滨; 袁宏

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical application of bone cement augmentation of pedicle screws in lumbar spinal canal stenosis with osteoporosis.Methods From June 2010 to June 2013,13 patients ( 4 males,9 females ) of lumbar spinal canal stenosis with osteoporosis were recruited,with an average age of 68 years old ( range: 61-77 years ).Nine cases were in stage two.Four cases were in stage three.Assessing osteoporosis according to Jikei,there were 4 cases of stage Ⅱ and 9 cases of Ⅲ.Bone cement augmentation of the screw channel was conducted before pedicle screw ifxation.Thirty-six bone cement augmented pedicle screws were implanted.Using X-ray during and after the operation to compare pedicle screw positions and observe the stability.Visual analogue scores ( VAS ) was applied to evaluate low back pain and leg pain 1 day before surgery,7 days and 3 months postoperatively.Results Complications due to the bone cement leakage,heat-induced effects and toxicity in the screw implantation process did not occur.The low back pain and leg pain symptoms were improved signiifcantly 1 week postoperatively.VAS were ( 2.20 ± 1.18 ) points and ( 2.32 ± 0.35 ) points respectively,with statistical signiifcance comparing with preoperative condition (P<0.05 ).VAS were ( 1.82 ± 0.15 ) points and ( 1.14 ± 0.44 ) points in 3 months postoperatively,with no statistical significance comparing with the condition 1 week postoperatively (P>0.05 ).Thirteen patients were followed up.The average followed up time was 14 months ( range: 8-16 months ).Thirteen cases obtained bony fusion.X-ray showed no loosening,fracture or falling of the internal fixation.No radiolucent lines appeared around the screws.Conclusions Application of bone cement augmentation of pedicle screws in lumbar spinal canal stenosis with osteoporosis can receive satisfactory short-term clinical outcomes.%目的 探讨骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉在腰椎管狭窄伴骨质疏松患者的临床疗效.方法 2010年6

  15. Biomechanical analysis of tibia – double threaded screw fixation

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    W. Walke

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the work was determination of biomechanical characteristics of a tibia – double threaded screw system with the use of finite element method.Design/methodology/approach: Geometrical model of the tibia was worked out on the basis of data from computer tomography of real bone. Geometrical model of the double threaded screw was prepared in ANSYS v. 11. Meshing was realized with the use of SOLID95 elements, applied in analyses of volumes. The model was loaded with forces in the range F = 100-2000 N.Findings: Initial biomechanical analysis, carried out with the use of finite element method, showed usefulness of the analyzed form of the double threaded screw made of Ti6Al4V alloy in fractured tibia treatment.Research limitations/implications: Due to applied simplifications of the tibia – double threaded screw fixation model, the analysis results should be experimentally verified in laboratory conditions.Originality/value: The obtained biomechanical characteristics of the tibia – double threaded screw system (u = f(F, σmax = f(F are the basis for selection of degree of strain hardening of the applied metallic biomaterial and optimization of geometrical features of the analyzed form of implant. Appropriate selection of mechanical properties and geometrical features of the implant is the main factor determining a stability of the fixation.

  16. Distal Locking Screws for Intramedullary Nailing of Tibial Fractures.

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    Agathangelidis, Filon; Petsatodis, Georgios; Kirkos, John; Papadopoulos, Pericles; Karataglis, Dimitrios; Christodoulou, Anastasios

    2016-01-01

    Recently introduced tibial intramedullary nails allow a number of distal screws to be used to reduce the incidence of malalignment and loss of fixation of distal metaphyseal fractures. However, the number of screws and the type of screw configuration to be used remains obscure. This biomechanical study was performed to address this question. Thirty-six Expert tibial nails (Synthes, Oberdorf, Switzerland) were introduced in composite bone models. The models were divided into 4 groups with different distal locking configurations ranging from 2 to 4 screws. A 7-mm gap osteotomy was performed 72 mm from the tibial plafond to simulate a 42-C3 unstable distal tibial fracture. Each group was divided in 3 subgroups and underwent nondestructive biomechanical testing in axial compression, coronal bending, and axial torsion. The passive construct stiffness was measured and statistically analyzed with one-way analysis of variance. Although some differences were noted between the stiffness of each group, these were not statistically significant in compression (P=.105), bending (P=.801), external rotation (P=.246), and internal rotation (P=.370). This in vitro study showed that, when using the Expert tibial nail for unstable distal tibial fractures, the classic configuration of 2 parallel distal screws could provide the necessary stability under partial weight-bearing conditions. PMID:26840700

  17. Fixação de fraturas ilíacas em cães com parafusos, fios de aço e cimento ósseo de polimetilmetacrilato Canine iliac fracture fixation with screws, orthopedic wire and polymethylmethacrylate bone cement

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    Claudio Roehsig

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar a recuperação da locomoção e o tempo para cicatrização óssea de fraturas ilíacas fixadas com parafusos, fios de aço e cimento ósseo de polimetilmetacrilato. Dezesseis cães de ambos os sexos, com peso de 1,8 a 16kg e idade entre sete meses e 11 anos, foram submetidos à osteossíntese da fratura de ílio, provocadas por acidente automobilístico. Em dois animais, realizou-se osteossíntese bilateral, totalizando 18 ossos ilíacos operados. A abordagem ao ílio foi lateral e quando necessária estendida caudalmente através da osteotomia do trocanter maior. As fraturas foram reduzidas e, em cada segmento ósseo, foram implantados dois a três parafusos e banda de tensão com fio de aço entre os parafusos adjacentes à linha de fratura. Sobre esses implantes aplicou-se cimento ósseo misturado com cefazolina sódica e após o endurecimento prosseguiu-se com a síntese dos tecidos moles com suturas rotineiramente utilizadas na clinica cirúrgica. No período pós-operatório, foram realizadas avaliações até 90 dias após a osteossíntese e observou-se locomoção apropriada em 15 animais. Avaliações radiográficas demonstraram sinais de completa consolidação óssea entre 60 e 90 dias. Falha da estabilização ocorreu em dois casos, obrigando a reintervenção cirúrgica em um deles. A partir dos resultados obtidos, é possível concluir que, em cães com até 16kg de peso, a fixação de fraturas ilíacas utilizando parafusos cimentados com PMMA constitui uma eficiente técnica, que proporciona adequada estabilidade, precoce recuperação funcional e cicatrização óssea.The present study aimed to verify the time for locomotion recovery and bone healing in canine iliac fractures fixated with screws, orthopedic wires and methylmetacrylate bone cement. Sixteen dogs from both genders accidentally hit by a car and showing iliac fractures were included. Dogs aged from 7 months to 11

  18. The meniscus Arrow or metal screw for treatment of osteochondritis dissecans? In vitro comparison of their effectiveness

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    Wouters, DB; Bos, RRM; Mouton, LJ; van Horn, [No Value

    2004-01-01

    Three draw bench tests in axial direction were conducted of the pull out forces in predrilled human condylar bone of one single meniscus Arrow, one single metal screw, and three Meniscus Arrows in one bone block, the Arrows being inserted using the standard hand instruments. Bone blocks with three m

  19. ROTARY SCREW SYSTEMS IN CEMENT

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    Taratuta V. D.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article presents results of research of rotary-screw systems in relation to the creation of rotary kilns for the annealing of-cuttings in the preparation of cement clinker. Using the proposed design, in comparison with known designs of similar purpose, it significantly improves performance, reduces size and power consumption through the use of rotary screw systems in the form of screw rotors and drums made hollow with sidewalls assembled from separate strips or plates of different geometrical shapes with form inside the screw breaks or smooth edges, screw surfaces and screw grooves. It is shown that the housing of the rotary kiln is expedient to produce helical surfaces whose centers of curvature are located within the housing. Using the proposed constructions rotary kiln during the firing when preparing cement wedge can increase the speed of rotation of the housing, furnaces 5-10 times due to changes in the rotary-screw systems increase efficiency and reduce the size of furnaces

  20. Lag screw stabilization of a cervical vertebral fracture by use of computed tomography in a horse

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    A traumatic fracture of C2 was diagnosed radiographically in a 1-year-old German Warm-blood stallion. Fracture configuration was difficult to see on survey radiographs. Computed tomography yielded a more accurate assessment of the fracture and facilitated fracture repair with cortical lag screws. Precise screw placement, to avoid spinal cord damage, was obtained by use of computed tomography. Follow-up radiography revealed normal bone healing, and the horse was in dressage schooling 24 months after surgery

  1. The pullout performance of pedicle screws

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    Demir, Teyfik

    2015-01-01

    This brief book systematically discusses all subjects that affect the pullout strength of pedicle screws. These screws are used in spinal surgeries to stabilize the spine. The holding strength of the pedicle screw is vital since loosening of the pedicle screws can cause revision surgeries. Once the pedicle screw is pulled out, it is harder to obtain same stabilization for the fused vertebrae. The book reviews the effect of screw designs, application techniques, cement augmentation, coating of the screw and test conditions on the pullout strength. The studies with finite element analysis were also included.

  2. Spline screw autochanger

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    Vranish, John M.

    1993-06-01

    A captured nut member is located within a tool interface assembly and being actuated by a spline screw member driven by a robot end effector. The nut member lowers and rises depending upon the directional rotation of the coupling assembly. The captured nut member further includes two winged segments which project outwardly in diametrically opposite directions so as to engage and disengage a clamping surface in the form of a chamfered notch respectively provided on the upper surface of a pair of parallel forwardly extending arm members of a bifurcated tool stowage holster which is adapted to hold and store a robotic tool including its end effector interface when not in use. A forward and backward motion of the robot end effector operates to insert and remove the tool from the holster.

  3. Split spline screw

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    Vranish, John M. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A split spline screw type payload fastener assembly, including three identical male and female type split spline sections, is discussed. The male spline sections are formed on the head of a male type spline driver. Each of the split male type spline sections has an outwardly projecting load baring segment including a convex upper surface which is adapted to engage a complementary concave surface of a female spline receptor in the form of a hollow bolt head. Additionally, the male spline section also includes a horizontal spline releasing segment and a spline tightening segment below each load bearing segment. The spline tightening segment consists of a vertical web of constant thickness. The web has at least one flat vertical wall surface which is designed to contact a generally flat vertically extending wall surface tab of the bolt head. Mutual interlocking and unlocking of the male and female splines results upon clockwise and counter clockwise turning of the driver element.

  4. Percutaneous Sacroiliac Screw Technique.

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    Tidwell, John; Cho, Rosa; Reid, J Spence; Boateng, Henry; Copeland, Carol; Sirlin, Edward

    2016-08-01

    Remembering that preoperative planning, surgical indications, and fracture reduction are paramount for this procedure, presented here is our technique for performing percutaneous sacroiliac screws, both transiliac-transsacral and sacral style. A combination of video, still pictures, and fluoroscopy images will guide the viewer through the process we routinely use highlighting specific details. Patient positioning and intraoperative fluoroscopy imaging are critical to a successful procedure. Although inlet and outlet films remain important, we find the procedure best started on the lateral sacral view to reduce the need for start site, trajectory, and imaging position changes during the case. A cannulated pig sticker (drill guide) used with long drill tip guide wires provide improved manual control to both finding a good start site and directing the trajectory. For patient safety, sacral anatomy and safe zones are discussed as well. Using these technical points will help make this a successful procedure. PMID:27441927

  5. Removal torque of nail interlocking screws is related to screw proximity to the fracture and screw breakage.

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    White, Alexander A; Kubacki, Meghan R; Samona, Jason; Telehowski, Paul; Atkinson, Patrick J

    2016-06-01

    Studies have shown that titanium implants can be challenging to explant due to the material's excellent biocompatibility and resulting osseointegration. Clinically, titanium alloy nail interlocking screws may require removal to dynamize a construct or revise the nail due to nonunion, infection, pain, or periprosthetic fracture. This study was designed to determine what variables influence the removal torque for titanium alloy interlocking screws. An intramedullary nail with four interlocking screws was used to stabilize a 1-cm segmental femoral defect in a canine model for 16 weeks. The animals were observed to be active following a several-day recovery after surgery. In six animals, the femora and implanted nail/screws were first tested to failure in torsion to simulate periprosthetic fracture of an implant after which the screws were then removed. In four additional animals, the screws were removed without mechanical testing. Both intraoperative insertional and extraction torques were recorded for all screws. Mechanical testing to failure broke 10/24 screws. On average, the intact screws required 70% of the insertional torque during removal while broken screws only required 16% of the insertional torque (p < 0.001). In addition, intact screws closer to the fracture required 2.8 times more removal torque than the outboard distal screw (p < 0.005). On average, the angle of rotation to peak torque was ∼80°. The peak axial load did not significantly correlate with the torque required to remove the screws. On average, the removal torque was lower than at the time of insertion, and less torque was required to remove broken screws and screws remote to the fracture. However, broken screws will require additional time to retrieve the remaining screw fragment. This study suggests that broken screws and screws in prematurely active patients will require less torque to remove. PMID:27129382

  6. GSS pedicle screw fixation combined with two-stage bone cement perfusion for thoracolumbar fractures%GSS椎弓根螺钉内固定并二期伤椎骨水泥灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折

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    宋洁富; 李利军; 常峰; 荆志振

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the efficacy and safety of surgical treatment of thoracolumbar fractures by GSS pedicle screw fixation combined with two-stage bone cement perfusion. Methods From March 2005 to October 2010, 31 patients with thoracolumbar bursting fractures were treated with posterior GSS pedicle screw fixation. The patients were reviewed by X-ray and CT scan 3-18 months postoperatively. Once "eggshell phenomenon" appeared, bone cement was used in the injured vertebral body before removing the fixators. Injured vertebral height and Cobb' s angle were measured preoperatively, postoperatively and at the final follow-up. Results No leakage of bone cement happened in all the patients. The internal fixators were removed 12-18 months postoperatively. Then the patients were followed up for 1-3 years. Fractured vertebral height and Cobb' s angle were significantly improved after surgery. Conclusion GSS combined with two-stage bone cement perfusion for thoracolumbar fractures can achieve a good therapeutic effect. It can be taken as an attempt at the treatment of thoracolumbar fractures.%目的 探讨GSS椎弓根螺钉内固定结合二期伤椎骨水泥灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折的有效性和安全性.方法 2005年3月~2010年10月共31例胸腰椎爆裂性骨折患者行后路GSS椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗,术后3~18个月根据X线及CT复查情况,出现"蛋壳现象"的患者在取出内固定前行伤椎骨水泥灌注,记录术前、术后及末次随访时的伤椎高度及X线片测量的Cobb角角度.结果 本组患者均未出现骨水泥渗漏,术后12~18个月取出内固定后再随访1~3年.术后伤椎椎体高度及Cobb角与术前相比有明显改善.结论 GSS椎弓根螺钉内固定结合二期伤椎骨水泥灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折可达到良好的治疗效果,可作为治疗胸腰椎骨折的新的尝试.

  7. Tibial Tunnel Cyst Formation after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using a Non-Bioabsorbable Interference Screw.

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    Joshi, Yogesh V; Bhaskar, Deepu; Phaltankar, Padmanabh M; Charalambous, Charalambos P

    2015-12-01

    Tibial cyst formation following the use of bioabsorbable interference screws in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is well-described; however, cyst formation after the use of metallic interference screws is not well-documented. We describe a case of osteolytic lesion of the proximal tibia presenting to us 20 years after ACL reconstruction using an autologous bone-tendon-bone graft. The original graft fixation technique was interference fixation with a metal screw in the tibial and femoral tunnels. A two-stage revision reconstruction of the ACL was undertaken with curettage and bone grafting of the tibial lesion in the first stage and reconstruction using a four-strand hamstring tendon in the second stage. The patient recovered satisfactorily with complete healing of the cyst and returned to pre-injury level of activities. We have reviewed case reports and case series that describe the aetiology of intra-osseous cyst formation following ACL reconstruction. PMID:26673117

  8. Biocompatibility testing of NiTi screws using immunohistochemistry on sections containing metallic implants.

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    Berger-Gorbet, M; Broxup, B; Rivard, C; Yahia, L H

    1996-10-01

    NiTi is one of the most innovative concepts to have appeared in the field of metallic biomaterials in recent years but its biocompatibility remains controversial. We evaluated the biocompatibility of Nitinol screws using immunohistochemistry to observe the distribution of bone proteins during bone remodeling process around NiTi implant. Results were compared with screws made of Vitallium, c.p. titanium, Duplex austenitic-ferritic stainless steel (SAF), and Stainless Steel 316L. Screws were implanted in rabbit tibia for 3, 6, and 12 weeks. Embedding was performed in the hard resin Technovit, and for the immunohistochemical procedure undecalcified sections with bone-anchored implants could thus be used. The immunostaining method developed seemed to be a reliable technique to stain proteins in undecalcified sections. Biocompatibility results of the NiTi screws compared with the other screws showed a slower osteogenesis process characterized by no close contact between implant and bone, disorganized migration of osteoblasts around the implant, and a lower activity of osteonectin synthesis. PMID:8884502

  9. Pedicle screw rupture: A case study

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    Giorgio E.O. Giacaglia

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work we present a technical description related to the rupture of a titanium alloy pedicle screw and connecting bar implanted in dorsal vertebras of a patient. Only metallurgical facts are described, with no attempt to identify any imperfections in the clinical aspects related to the rupture. The results described here are based on extensive analysis of the broken materials in a material sciences specialized laboratory. Excluding an incorrect prosthesis implantation in the surgical procedure and a possible low bone density, an information not available to the research team, with high probability the rupture of metallic pieces used in the prosthetic implant, was produced by the low fatigue resistance resulting by an improper machining process and excessive bending of the connecting bar prior to implant.

  10. Simple coating with fibronectin fragment enhances stainless steel screw osseointegration in healthy and osteoporotic rats.

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    Agarwal, Rachit; González-García, Cristina; Torstrick, Brennan; Guldberg, Robert E; Salmerón-Sánchez, Manuel; García, Andrés J

    2015-09-01

    Metal implants are widely used to provide structural support and stability in current surgical treatments for bone fractures, spinal fusions, and joint arthroplasties as well as craniofacial and dental applications. Early implant-bone mechanical fixation is an important requirement for the successful performance of such implants. However, adequate osseointegration has been difficult to achieve especially in challenging disease states like osteoporosis due to reduced bone mass and strength. Here, we present a simple coating strategy based on passive adsorption of FN7-10, a recombinant fragment of human fibronectin encompassing the major cell adhesive, integrin-binding site, onto 316-grade stainless steel (SS). FN7-10 coating on SS surfaces promoted α5β1 integrin-dependent adhesion and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. FN7-10-coated SS screws increased bone-implant mechanical fixation compared to uncoated screws by 30% and 45% at 1 and 3 months, respectively, in healthy rats. Importantly, FN7-10 coating significantly enhanced bone-screw fixation by 57% and 32% at 1 and 3 months, respectively, and bone-implant ingrowth by 30% at 3 months compared to uncoated screws in osteoporotic rats. These coatings are easy to apply intra-operatively, even to implants with complex geometries and structures, facilitating the potential for rapid translation to clinical settings. PMID:26100343

  11. Periprosthetic fracture fixation in osteoporotic bone.

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    Lenz, Mark; Lehmann, Wolfgang; Wähnert, Dirk

    2016-06-01

    Fixation techniques of periprosthetic fractures are far from ideal although the number of this entity is rising. The presence of an intramedullary implant generates its own fracture characteristics since stiffness is altered along the bone shaft and certain implant combinations affect load resistance of the bone. Influencing factors are cement fixation of the implant, intramedullary locking and extramedullary or intramedullary localization of the implant and the cortical thickness of the surrounding bone. Cerclage wires are ideally suited to fix radially displaced fragments around an intramedullary implant but they are susceptible to axial and torsional load. Screws should be added if these forces have to be neutralized. Stability of the screw fixation itself can be enhanced by embracement configuration around the intramedullary implant. Poor bone stock quality, often being present in metaphyseal areas limits screw fixation. Cement augmentation is an attractive option in this field to enhance screw purchase. PMID:27338227

  12. Novel free-hand T1 pedicle screw method: Review of 44 consecutive cases

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    Mark A Rivkin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Summary of Background Data: Multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusions are becoming more prevalent in current practice. Biomechanical characteristics of the cervicothoracic junction may necessitate extending the construct to upper thoracic segments. However, fixation in upper thoracic spine can be technically demanding owing to transitional anatomy while suboptimal placement facilitates vascular and neurologic complications. Thoracic instrumentation methods include free-hand, fluoroscopic guidance, and CT-based image guidance. However, fluoroscopy of upper thoracic spine is challenging secondary to vertebral geometry and patient positioning, while image-guided systems present substantial financial commitment and are not readily available at most centers. Additionally, imaging modalities increase radiation exposure to the patient and surgeon while potentially lengthening surgical time. Materials and Methods: Retrospective review of 44 consecutive patients undergoing a cervicothoracic fusion by a single surgeon using the novel free-hand T1 pedicle screw technique between June 2009 and November 2012. A starting point medial and cephalad to classic entry as well as new trajectory were utilized. No imaging modalities were employed during screw insertion. Postoperative CT scans were obtained on day 1. Screw accuracy was independently evaluated according to the Heary classification. Results: In total, 87 pedicle screws placed were at T1. Grade 1 placement occurred in 72 (82.8% screws, Grade 2 in 4 (4.6% screws and Grade 3 in 9 (10.3% screws. All Grade 2 and 3 breaches were <2 mm except one Grade 3 screw breaching 2-4 mm laterally. Only two screws (2.3% were noted to be Grade 4, both breaching medially by less than 2 mm. No new neurological deficits or returns to operating room took place postoperatively. Conclusions: This modification of the traditional starting point and trajectory at T1 is safe and effective. It attenuates additional bone

  13. Effect of immersion in simulated body environment on mechanical properties of twist-oriented poly(lactic acid) screws

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    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) has been applied to bone fixation devices, since it has high biocompatibility. In order to apply PLA device to a higher loaded part, mechanical properties of PLA have been improved by uniaxial drawing. However, mechanical properties along the other loading direction than the drawing direction such as torsion were not improved. Therefore, surgeon should be carefully conducted not to brake the reinforced PLA screw when tightening. In this study, screw is focused on as a bone fixation device. In order to improve torsional strength of a PLA screw, twist-orientation method was developed. PLA screw is prepared through a series of routes including casting, extrusion drawing, twist-orientation and forging. This screw was immersed in the phosphate buffered solution for 0, 8, 16 and 24 weeks, then shear strength, orientation function, crystallinity and molecular weight were measured. As a result, twist-orientation improves the initial torsional strength of PLA screw without the decrease in initial shear strength. In addition, the shear strength on twist-oriented screw is equivalent that of non-twist oriented screw during immersion until 24 weeks. This result shown that the twist-orientation does not decrease shear strength after immersion.

  14. Pedicle-Screw-Based Dynamic Systems and Degenerative Lumbar Diseases: Biomechanical and Clinical Experiences of Dynamic Fusion with Isobar TTL

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    Cédric Barrey; Gilles Perrin; Sabina Champain

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    Dynamic systems in the lumbar spine are believed to reduce main fusion drawbacks such as pseudarthrosis, bone rarefaction, and mechanical failure. Compared to fusion achieved with rigid constructs, biomechanical studies underlined some advantages of dynamic instrumentation including increased load sharing between the instrumentation and interbody bone graft and stresses reduction at bone-to-screw interface. These advantages may result in increased fusion rates, limitation of bone rarefaction,...

  15. Anterior transarticular screw fixation as a conventional operation for rigid stabilization

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    Manabu Sasaki

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anterior transarticular screw (ATS fixation is a useful surgical option for atlantoaxial (AA stabilization. This report presents a revised ATS method for AA fusion. Methods: A 79-year-old male presented with AA instability attributed both to an old odontoid fracture and severe degeneration of the lateral atlantoaxial joints (LAAJs. ATS fixation was performed through the conventional anterior cervical approach. The longest screw trajectories were planned preoperatively using multiplanar reconstruction computed tomography (CT scans, with entry points of the screws situated at the midpoint on the inferior border of the axial body. The surgical exposure was limited to opening at the entry points alone. Our retractor of choice was the Cusco speculum; it sufficiently secured space for utilizing the required instruments for screw placement while offering sufficient protection of soft tissues. Cannulated full-threaded bicortical screws stabilized the LAAJs. Screw insertion required a significant amount of coronal angulation up to the superior articular process of the atlas under open-mouth and lateral fluoroscopy image guidance. After ATS fixation, bone grafting was performed between the posterior laminae of the axis and the atlas through a conventional posterior approach. Results: Bony fusion between the atlas and the axis was confirmed radiographically. Arthrodesis of the LAAJs occurred despite no bone grafting. Conclusions: Rigid fixation of the LAAJs was obtained by our ATS technique, indicating that it is an alternative method for AA fixation when posterior rigid internal fixation is not applicable.

  16. 椎弓根螺钉系统加自固化磷酸钙人工骨灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折%Treatment of thoracolumbar vertebrae fractures with vertebral pedicle screw system and artificial bones filled with autosolidification calcium phosphate cement

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    曾忠友; 金才益; 陆金荣; 王斌; 徐阿炳

    2001-01-01

    目的探讨应用椎弓根螺钉系统及自固化磷酸钙人工骨(ACPC)灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折的效果。方法 1999年4月始,选择18例胸腰椎骨折患者,其中压缩型12例,爆裂型6例。伤后6 h~7 d行椎弓根螺钉系统固定、复位,同时加ACPC灌注伤椎。结果 18例患者除2例神经功能A级脊髓神经症状无改善外,其余均有Ⅰ~Ⅲ级的恢复,脊柱后凸角平均恢复21°,伤椎前缘高度平均恢复至98%,伤椎后缘侵入椎管骨块明显回纳。随访10~16个月,平均11.6个月。随访期间无内固定松动及断裂现象,无慢性腰背痛,伤椎高度及脊柱生理弧度无丢失。结论胸腰椎压缩型骨折是使用ACPC的最佳适应证。如术前影像检查明确有双侧椎弓根骨折,则为禁忌。只要手术适应证选择适当,术中操作仔细,椎弓根螺钉系统加ACPC灌注治疗胸腰椎骨折是一有效而又安全的方法,特别是后期伤椎高度和脊柱生理弧度得到很好的维持。%Objective To study the effect of vertebral pedicle screw system and artificial bones filled with autosolidification calcium phosphate cement(ACPC) on thoracolumbar vertebrae fractures.  Methods A total of 18 patients with thoracolumbar vertebrae fractures and with operative indications were treated with vertebral pedicle screw system and artificial bones filled with ACPC.  Results  Except 2 patients with the spinal cord function for Grade A, all the patients had the average improvement of Degree I to Degree Ⅲ on the aspect of spinal cord function. The kyphotic angle recovered averagely for 21°, the anterior height of the injured vertebral body was averagely restored to 98% of the normal, and the bone fragments that invaded into the spinal canal were obviously restored. During the following-up, loose or breakage of the internal fixation was not found, and there was no chronic lumbar back pain or loss of the normal spine curve and the

  17. 骨水泥强化与常规椎弓根螺钉固定治疗老年退行性腰椎疾病的比较%Comparison of bone cement augmented with traditional pedicle screw in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease

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    吴志彬; 刘宏建; 尚国伟; 贾杰; 魏琛; 王俊魁; 周权发; 皮国富; 王义生

    2015-01-01

    目的 比较骨水泥强化与常规椎弓根螺钉固定治疗老年退行性腰椎疾病的疗效.方法 回顾性分析2013年5月至2015年5月采用腰椎融合术治疗40例老年退行性腰椎疾病患者资料,根据置入椎弓根螺钉的椎体内是否注入骨水泥分为常规组(未置入骨水泥,20例,男5例,女15例;年龄平均73.2岁;腰椎间盘突出 12例,腰椎管狭窄8例)和骨水泥强化组(置入骨水泥,20例,男6例,女14例;年龄平均73.7岁;腰椎间盘突出12例,腰椎管狭窄8例),螺钉分别置入L3、L4、L5及S1共170个椎体.分别评估术前、术后30天及末次随访的Oswestry功能障碍指数、固定节段上位相邻椎间隙高度、固定节段上位相邻椎体变形指数、固定节段Cobb角、固定节段椎体上缘终板及相邻上位椎体下缘终板凹陷角度.结果 40例患者经3~24个月随访,平均随访12.2个月.末次随访Oswestry功能障碍指数常规组及骨水泥强化组评分分别为13.0%±4.9%和11.0%±8.0%,两组比较差异无统计学意义.末次随访与术后30 d的平均Cobb角的变化值常规组及骨水泥强化组分别为5.53°±1.64°、2.15°±0.97°.骨水泥强化组术后30 d出现上终板凹陷角度增大,末次随访时相邻上位椎体下终板凹陷角度、椎体变形指数及相邻椎间隙均减小,且前两项指标的改变程度明显大于常规组.结论 骨水泥强化与常规椎弓根螺钉固定均能缓解患者症状,但骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉能明显提高老年患者内固定术后椎体的稳定性.%Objective To compare post-operative clinical outcomes between bone cement augmented pedicle screw and traditional pedicle screw in treatment of degenerative lumbar disease.Methods Data of 40 cases with lumbar degenerative disease who had surgery from May 2013 to May 2015 were retrospectively analyzed.They were divided into two groups according to whether the bone cement was injected in the vertebral body with pedicle

  18. 聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯和自体骨加强的椎弓根螺钉技术治疗退变性脊柱侧凸的临床疗效比较%Autogenous bone and polymethylmethacrylate augmentation of screw fixation for degenerative scoliosis

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    谢杨; 傅强; 陈自强; 石志才; 朱晓东; 孙晓飞; 李明

    2012-01-01

    Objective To compare the clinical effect of autogenous bone and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) augmentation of screw fixation in degenerative scoliosis with osteoporosis. Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on 31 consecutive patients with degenerative scoliosis combined with osteoporosis who accepted pedicle screw fixation from December 2000 to December 2006. Fourteen of them underwent fixation with pedicle screw by augmentation with PMMA and the other 17 patients with autogenous bone. Peri-operative data were recorded. Preoperative, postoperative and final follow up corrective effects were compared. Results No significant difference was found in clinical data except for administration time of oral pain relief medicines and surgery cost between the two surgical strategies. Cement leakage was observed in 2 patients in PMMA augmentation group, but there was no evidence of nerve damage. Conclusion There is no difference in surgical effect between two surgery strategies on degenerative scoliosis combined with osteoporosis. Less oral pain medicines are taken in the polymethylmethacrylate-augmented pedicle screw fixation and fusion, but with much more cost and danger of cement leakage.%目的 比较应用聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯( PMMA)和自体骨加强的椎弓根螺钉技术治疗合并骨质疏松的退变性脊柱侧凸的临床疗效.方法 回顾性分析2000年12月至2006年12月手术治疗的31例伴骨质疏松的退变性脊柱侧凸患者,其中14例采用PMMA加强钉道,17例采用自体骨加强钉道.记录并发症等围手术期情况,比较手术前后及随访期间侧凸的矫正效果.结果 两种手术除口服止痛药使用时间和手术费用外,其他临床数据差异无统计学意义,PMMA加强组中2例出现骨水泥渗漏,但未出现神经损伤的症状.结论 两种手术对伴骨质疏松的退变性脊柱侧凸的临床疗效无明显差异,PMMA加强的椎弓根螺钉内固定融合术可减少口服止痛药的用量,

  19. Insertion torque is not a good predictor of pedicle screw loosening after spinal instrumentation: a prospective study in 8 patients

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    Sandén Bengt

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pedicle screw loosening is a major safety concern in instrumented spinal surgery due to loosening with potential pseudarthrosis and possible loss of correction requiring revision surgery. Several cadaver studies have compared insertion torque of pedicle screws with resistance to pullout or cyclic loading. In most of these studies, a correlation has been found between these variables. Clinical studies have been made, comparing insertion torque to bone mineral density or radiological signs of screw loosening. There are no clinical studies comparing insertion torque to extraction torque or other biomechanical parameters in vivo. This study was designed to investigate whether the insertion torque of pedicle screws can be used to predict the purchase of the screws. Methods The insertion torque of stainless steel pedicle screws was recorded in eight patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery with four-screw constructs. Torque gauge manometers were used for the recordings. The implants were removed after one year, and the extraction torque of the screws was recorded. Results The mean insertion torque was 76 ± 41 Ncm and the mean extraction torque 29 ± 36 Ncm. The r value was 0.591, suggesting that there was a correlation between the insertion and extraction torque. However, the scattergram revealed that the screws could be divided into two groups, six screws with a high correlation between insertion and extraction torque, and 26 screws where no correlation could be demonstrated. Conclusions In this unique human in-vivo study, the insertion torque could not be used to predict the purchase of lumbar pedicle screws one year after implantation. It could be demonstrated that in vivo insertion torque alone is of minor value to estimate pullout strength, and should be combined with or replaced by more accurate measures.

  20. Designs and Techniques That Improve the Pullout Strength of Pedicle Screws in Osteoporotic Vertebrae: Current Status

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    Thomas M. Shea

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is a medical condition affecting men and women of different age groups and populations. The compromised bone quality caused by this disease represents an important challenge when a surgical procedure (e.g., spinal fusion is needed after failure of conservative treatments. Different pedicle screw designs and instrumentation techniques have been explored to enhance spinal device fixation in bone of compromised quality. These include alterations of screw thread design, optimization of pilot hole size for non-self-tapping screws, modification of the implant’s trajectory, and bone cement augmentation. While the true benefits and limitations of any procedure may not be realized until they are observed in a clinical setting, axial pullout tests, due in large part to their reproducibility and ease of execution, are commonly used to estimate the device’s effectiveness by quantifying the change in force required to remove the screw from the body. The objective of this investigation is to provide an overview of the different pedicle screw designs and the associated surgical techniques either currently utilized or proposed to improve pullout strength in osteoporotic patients. Mechanical comparisons as well as potential advantages and disadvantages of each consideration are provided herein.

  1. Biomechanical comparison of pedicle screws versus spinous process screws in C2 vertebra A cadaveric study

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    Guan-yi Liu; Lu Mao; Rong-ming Xu; Wei-hu Ma

    2014-01-01

    Background: Biomechanical studies have shown C2 pedicle screw to be the most robust in insertional torque and pullout strength. However, C2 pedicle screw placement is still technically challenging. Smaller C2 pedicles or medial localization of the vertebral artery may preclude safe C2 pedicle screw placement in some patients. The purpose of this study was to compare the pullout strength of spinous process screws with pedicle screws in the C2. Materials and Methods: Eight fresh human cadav...

  2. 骨水泥强化椎弓根钉固定联合椎体成形术治疗重度骨质疏松性脊柱骨折%Pedicle screw fixation strengthened with bone cement combined with vertebroplasty for the treatment of severe osteoporotic fractures

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    胡明; 李大伟; 黄凤山; 刘玉川; 杨达宇; 马远征

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the peri-operative treatment and clinical efficacy of pedicle screw fixation strengthened with bone cement combined with vertebroplasty for the treatment of severe osteoporotic fractures. Methods The clinical data of 15 patients with severe vertebral osteoporotic compression fractures were retrospectively analyzed from August 2005 to April 2009. The average age of the patients was 63. 1 years old. They had no severe basal diseases. They were all treated with posterior pedicle screw fixation strengthened with bone cement combined with vertebroplasty. All patients were followed up for 10-38 months (21 months in average) after the operation. Results All patients could tolerate the surgery and the average operating time was 106. 7 ±5. 3 min. The average bleeding volume was 370 ± 6. 1 ml. The twist and back pain were significantly ameliorated after the surgery. The height of vertebral body recovered back to 90% after operation. The height loss was not obvious during the following up. Conclusion The efficacy of pedicle screw fixation strengthened with bone cement combined with vertebroplasty for the treatment of severe osteoporotic fractures is good at correcting fracture and maintaining the recovering effect of the vertebra. The key point of this therapy is the surgical indication and osteoporotic medicine treatment.%目的 探讨骨水泥强化椎弓根钉固定联合椎体成形术治疗严重骨质疏松性椎体压缩骨折的围术期处理和临床疗效.方法 回顾分析2005年8月~ 2009年4月收治的15例严重骨质疏松性椎体压缩骨折患者的临床资料,平均63.1岁,无重大基础病存在,经脊柱后入路椎弓根钉撑开复位,钉道采用骨水泥灌注加强并行经伤椎椎体成形术.术后随访10~ 38个月,平均21月.结果 均耐受手术,平均手术时间为106.7±5.3min;平均失血量为370±6.1ml,术后腰背痛明显改善,椎体高度恢复至90%左右,随访椎体高度

  3. Pull-out strength comparison of a novel expanding fastener against an orthopaedic screw in an ovine vertebral body: an ex-vivo study.

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    Oldakowski, Matthew; Oldakowska, Intan; Kirk, Thomas B; Ford, Chris T; Sercombe, Tim B; Hardcastle, Philip; Day, Robert E

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to mechanically test a novel Unthreaded Expandable Fastener (UEF), manufactured using Selective Laser Melting, which was designed for fixation in the cervical lateral mass. The pull-out strength and stiffness of the prototype UEFs was evaluated in a non-osteoporotic ovine bone model against equivalent screws. The prototype UEF demonstrated a 41% increase in failure force and a 60% reduction in failure force standard deviation compared to the screws. All bone samples were micro CT-scanned and no significant differences in bone microstructural properties was found between the screw and UEF sample sets, indicating that the UEFs may be less sensitive to bone quality variation. This increased performance can potentially translate into improved surgical outcome and reduced surgical risk for lateral mass fixation. With further design optimisation, additional improvement in performance over screws may be possible in future studies. PMID:26758778

  4. Fibular grafting with cannulated hip screw fixation in late femoral neck fracture in young adults

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    Goyal R

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: We reviewed the operative results of fibular bone graft with cannulated hip screw fixation in femoral neck fracture in young adults. Method: Sixteen young adults with femoral neck fracture were treated by fibular bone graft with cannulated hip screw fixation. All the fractures were more than 3 weeks old. Results: Results were assessed in 15 patients while one patient died due to complications not related to surgery. Union occurred in all 15 patients. One patient had intra-operative complication in the form of screw cut out with graft in the joint space. The average fallow up was 24.4 months. Out of 15 patients assessed clinico-radiologically 11 showed good results, 3 had fair while 1 had poor result. Conclusion: We conclude that this is a simple and cost effective procedure for late femoral fleck fracture in young adults with good results.

  5. Intervertebral bone graft and posterior pedicle screw in treatment of serious thoracolumbar vertebral burst fractures%伤椎内植骨成形联合后路植骨椎弓根螺钉复位固定治疗重度胸腰椎爆裂性骨折

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    丁建忠; 罗建; 胡广; 徐为刚; 臧峰

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of serious thoracolumbar vertebral burst fractures treated by transpedicular bone graft and posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft. Methods A total of 36 patients with serious thoracolumbar burst fractures from Oct 2007 to May 2013 were treated by transpedicular bone graft with au_tologous and allogeneic bone chips combined with posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft. For osteoporosis patients,bone cement was applied to reinforce screw fixation. The clinical outcome and imaging examination results before surgery,at the 3rd,6th,12th month after surgery and at the last follow up were studied. The condition of the bone graft and posterior cervical fusion was evaluated. The canalis vertebralis stenosis ,the Cobb′s angle and vertebral compression ratio were measured. The lumbago degree and neural functional recovery were assessed. Results All the patients were followed up to 3 years and 2 months in average(ranged from 13 months to 5 years). The canalis vertebralis stenosis,the Cobb′s angle and vertebral compression ratio[(3.4±1.2)%,(5.2±3.1)°,(4.4±3.1)%] were all significantly improved immediately after surgery with statistically significant difference(P0.05). CT and X ray results showed the stable bone graft,no"shell"phenomenon,no vertebral body height lost,and an average healing time of 3.5 months. The average healing time for posterior cervical fusion was 5.0 months , and pseudarthrosis formation was not observed. Fixation failure did not occur in any of the studied cases. Nerve injuries were all improved to a certain degree after surgery. Conclusion Transpedicular bone graft combined with posterior fixation with pedicle screws system and posterolateral bone graft can solve the problem of bone defect of anterior and middle column in serious thora_columbar burst fractures,and in addition,it can reinforce the fusion and fixation between the

  6. Spontaneous urinary voiding of metallic screws in a patient with symphyseal plating for type II pelvic ring disruption

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    Yadav Sanjay

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】With rapid advancement in surgical techniques and improvement in implant materials, rate of internal fixation for pubic symphyseal disruption in rotationally and vertically unstable pelvic ring injuries has increased. Among various modes of implant failure, screw/ plate breakage and loosening are common complications following unstable fixation. Migration of loose screws into the urinary bladder has been reported as an extremely un-common complication of pubic symphyseal plating. Here we present a case report of a 52-year-old female who pre-sented with asymptomatic passage of screws in her urine following migration into the bladder, 2 years after symphy-seal plating for pubic diastasis in an anteroposterior com-pression pelvic ring injury. Key words: Pubic symphysis diastasis; Bone plates; Bone screws

  7. 硫酸钙骨水泥增强骨质疏松股骨粗隆间骨折内固定的有限元分析%Finite-Element Analysis of Injectable Calcium Sulfate Bone Cement Augmentation with Dynamic Hip Screw System for the Treatment of Osteoporotic Intertrochanteric Fractures

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    于晓巍; 王楠; 汤亭亭

    2009-01-01

    通过有限元分析,研究硫酸钙对稳定型骨质疏松股骨粗隆间骨折内固定增强的影响.建立骨质疏松股骨稳定型粗隆阅骨折有限元模型,模拟动力髋螺钉(DHS)固定及硫酸钙增强的DHS固定,分析硫酸钙对DHS固定的增强效果.有限元分析显示,硫酸钙增强后,股骨头部的松质骨最大应力减少了35%,提示螺钉切割出股骨头的可能性减小;而股骨骨折面最大应力从3.7 MPa减少到1.8 MPa,提示硫酸钙增强提高了DHS固定的稳定性.研究结果表明,硫酸钙骨水泥能有效增强骨质疏松性骨折内固定的稳定性,具有较好的临床应用前景.%The mechanical performance of the dynamic hip screw (DHS) system augmented with calcium sulfate bone cement (CSC) for the fixation of stable osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture was evaluated by means of finite element analysis (FEA). Finite element model was used to simulate the stable osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture with DHS fixation or DHS fixation plus CSC augmentation and the stress distribution was analyzed. With cement augmentation, 35% reduction of the maximum stress was found in the femur head, suggesting reduced possibility of screw cut-outs. Maximum stress at the fracture plane was also decreased from 3.7 MPa to 1.8 MPa, which indicates improved fixation after CSC augmentation. These results indicate that calcium sulfate cement is effective in augmenting fixation in osteoporotic bone. Calcium sulfate cement has potential application in the treatment of osteoporotic fractures.

  8. Slotted headless screws -- Metric series

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    Specifies the dimensions for diameters from 1 mm up to and including 10 mm; refers to ISO/R 888 for length, and to ISO/R 262 for thread series; for the different shapes and dimensions of screw ends no reference has been made.

  9. Insertion torque is not a good predictor of pedicle screw loosening after spinal instrumentation: a prospective study in 8 patients

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    Sandén Bengt; Olerud Claes; Larsson Sune; Robinson Yohan

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Pedicle screw loosening is a major safety concern in instrumented spinal surgery due to loosening with potential pseudarthrosis and possible loss of correction requiring revision surgery. Several cadaver studies have compared insertion torque of pedicle screws with resistance to pullout or cyclic loading. In most of these studies, a correlation has been found between these variables. Clinical studies have been made, comparing insertion torque to bone mineral density or rad...

  10. Initial stability of cementless acetabular cups: press-fit and screw fixation interaction—an in vitro biomechanical study

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    Tabata, Tomonori; Kaku, Nobuhiro; Hara, Katsutoshi; Tsumura, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Background Press-fit and screw fixation are important technical factors to achieve initial stability of a cementless acetabular cup for good clinical results of total hip arthroplasty. However, how these factors affect one another in initial cup fixation remains unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the mutual influence between press-fit and screw fixation on initial cup stability. Methods Foam bone was subjected to exact hemispherical-shape machining to diameters of 48, 48.5 and 4...

  11. Biopolymer augmentation of the lag screw in the treatment of femoral neck fractures - a biomechanical in-vitro study

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    Paech A; Wilde E; Schulz AP; Heinrichs G; Wendlandt R; Queitsch C; Kienast B; Jürgens Ch

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The cut-out of the sliding screw is one of the most common complications in the treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. The reasons for the cut-out are: a suboptimal position of the hip-screw in the femoral head, the type of fracture and poor bone quality. The aim of this study was to reproduce the cut-out event biomechanically and to evaluate the possible prevention of this event by the use of a biopolymer augmentation of the hip screw. Concerning the density and compression force...

  12. Combining of small fragment screws and large fragment plates for open reduction and internal fixation of periprosthetic humeral fractures

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    Dominik Seybold

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Operative treatment of periprosthetic humeral fractures in elderly patients with osteoporotic bone requires a stable fixations technique. The combination of 3.5 cortical screws with washers in a 4.5 Arbeitsgemeinschaft fόr Osteosynthesefragen, Limited-contact dynamic compression plate or Locking plate, allows a stable periprosthetic fixation with the small 3.5 screws and 4.5 screws above and below the prosthesis, respectively. This combination is a cost-effective technique to treat periprosthetic humeral fractures.

  13. Metallurgical examination of gun barrel screws

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    Bird, E.L.; Clift, T.L.

    1996-06-01

    The examination was conducted to determine the extent of degradation that had occurred after a series of firings; these screws prevent live rounds of ammunition from being loaded into the firing chamber. One concern is that if the screw tip fails and a live round is accidentally loaded into the chamber, a live round could be fired. Another concern is that if the blunt end of the screw begins to degrade by cracking, pieces could become small projectiles during firing. All screws used in firing 100 rounds or more exhibited some degree degradation, which progressively worsened as the number of rounds fired increased. (SEM, metallography, x-ray analysis, and microhardness were used.) Presence of cracks in these screws after 100 fired rounds is a serious concern that warrants the discontinued use of these screws. The screw could be improved by selecting an alloy more resistant to thermal and chemical degradation.

  14. Percutaneous Cement-Augmented Screws Fixation in the Fractures of the Aging Spine: Is It the Solution?

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    Sébastien Pesenti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Management of elderly patients with thoracolumbar fractures is still challenging due to frequent osteoporosis and risk of screws pull-out. The aim of this study was to evaluate results of a percutaneous-only procedure to treat these fragile patients using cement-augmented screws. Methods. 12 patients diagnosed with a thoracolumbar fracture associated with an important loss of bone stock were included in this prospective study. Surgical procedure included systematically a percutaneous osteosynthesis using cemented fenestrated screws. When necessary, additional anterior support was performed using a kyphoplasty procedure. Clinical and radiographic evaluations were performed using CT scan. Results. On the whole series, 15 fractures were diagnosed and 96 cemented screws were inserted. The difference between the pre- and postoperative vertebral kyphosis was statistically significant (12.9° versus 4.4°, P=0.0006. No extrapedicular screw was reported and one patient was diagnosed with a cement-related pulmonary embolism. During follow-up period, no infectious complications, implant failures, or pull-out screws were noticed. Discussion. Aging spine is becoming an increasing public health issue. Management of these patients requires specific attention due to the augmented risk of complications. Using percutaneous-only screws fixation with cemented screw provides satisfactory results. A rigorous technique is mandatory in order to achieve best outcomes.

  15. Magnesium inference screw supports early graft incorporation with inhibition of graft degradation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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    Cheng, Pengfei; Han, Pei; Zhao, Changli; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhang, Xiaonong; Chai, Yimin

    2016-01-01

    Patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery commonly encounters graft failure in the initial phase of rehabilitation. The inhibition of graft degradation is crucial for the successful reconstruction of the ACL. Here, we used biodegradable high-purity magnesium (HP Mg) screws in the rabbit model of ACL reconstruction with titanium (Ti) screws as a control and analyzed the graft degradation and screw corrosion using direct pull-out tests, microCT scanning, and histological and immunohistochemical staining. The most noteworthy finding was that tendon graft fixed by HP Mg screws exhibited biomechanical properties substantially superior to that by Ti screws and the relative area of collagen fiber at the tendon-bone interface was much larger in the Mg group, when severe graft degradation was identified in the histological analysis at 3 weeks. Semi-quantitative immunohistochemical results further elucidated that the MMP-13 expression significantly decreased surrounding HP Mg screws with relatively higher Collagen II expression. And HP Mg screws exhibited uniform corrosion behavior without displacement or loosening in the femoral tunnel. Therefore, our results demonstrated that Mg screw inhibited graft degradation and improved biomechanical properties of tendon graft during the early phase of graft healing and highlighted its potential in ACL reconstruction. PMID:27210585

  16. Magnesium inference screw supports early graft incorporation with inhibition of graft degradation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Cheng, Pengfei; Han, Pei; Zhao, Changli; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhang, Xiaonong; Chai, Yimin

    2016-05-01

    Patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery commonly encounters graft failure in the initial phase of rehabilitation. The inhibition of graft degradation is crucial for the successful reconstruction of the ACL. Here, we used biodegradable high-purity magnesium (HP Mg) screws in the rabbit model of ACL reconstruction with titanium (Ti) screws as a control and analyzed the graft degradation and screw corrosion using direct pull-out tests, microCT scanning, and histological and immunohistochemical staining. The most noteworthy finding was that tendon graft fixed by HP Mg screws exhibited biomechanical properties substantially superior to that by Ti screws and the relative area of collagen fiber at the tendon-bone interface was much larger in the Mg group, when severe graft degradation was identified in the histological analysis at 3 weeks. Semi-quantitative immunohistochemical results further elucidated that the MMP-13 expression significantly decreased surrounding HP Mg screws with relatively higher Collagen II expression. And HP Mg screws exhibited uniform corrosion behavior without displacement or loosening in the femoral tunnel. Therefore, our results demonstrated that Mg screw inhibited graft degradation and improved biomechanical properties of tendon graft during the early phase of graft healing and highlighted its potential in ACL reconstruction.

  17. Restoration of divergent implants with a 2-piece screw-retained fixed, complete dental implant prostheses.

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    Pelekanos, Stavros; Pozidi, Georgia; Kourtis, Stefanos

    2016-04-01

    Restoring a severely resorbed maxilla is challenging because of poor bone quality and the resorptive pattern that follows tooth loss. When bone augmentation is not possible, implants are placed in suboptimal positions, making the prosthetic rehabilitation more complex. This report presents the steps used to rehabilitate a severely resorbed maxilla with divergent implants, using an implant-supported 2-piece screw-retained prosthesis. PMID:26597464

  18. Revision characteristics of cement-augmented, cannulated-fenestrated pedicle screws in the osteoporotic vertebral body: a biomechanical in vitro investigation. Technical note.

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    Blattert, Thomas R; Glasmacher, Stefan; Riesner, Hans-Joachim; Josten, Christoph

    2009-07-01

    In generalized osteoporosis, instrumentation with cement-augmented pedicle screws is an amplification of the therapeutic spectrum. Early clinical results are promising for both solid and cannulated screws; however, there are concerns regarding the revision characteristics of these screws, especially for the cannulated-fenestrated type with its continuous cement interconnection from the core of the screw to surrounding bone tissue. In a human cadaver model, bone mineral density (BMD) was assessed radiographically. Spinal levels T9-L4 were instrumented left unilaterally, transpedicularly by using cannulated-fenestrated pedicle screws with the dimensions 6.5 x 45 mm. Polymethylmethacrylate cement (1.5 ml) was injected through the screws into each vertebra. After polymerization of the cement, the extraction torque was recorded. For both implantation and explantation of the screws, a fluoroscope was used to guarantee correct screw and cement positioning and to observe possible co-movements-that is, any movement of the cement mass within the vertebral body upon removal of the screw. For comparison, the extraction torque of same-dimension pedicle screws was recorded in a nonosteoporotic, non-cement-augmented instrumentation. The BMD was 0.60 g/cm2, a level that corresponds to a severe grade of osteoporosis. For removal of the screws, the median and mean extraction torques were 34 and 49 +/- 44 Ncm, respectively. No co-movements of the cement mass occurred within the vertebral body. In the nonosteoporotic control, BMD was 1.38 g/cm2. The median and mean extraction torques were 123 and 124 +/- 12 Ncm, respectively. Thus, the revision characteristics of cement-augmented, cannulated-fenestrated pedicle screws are not problematic, even in cases of severe osteoporosis. The winglike cement interconnection between the screw core and surrounding bone tissue is fragile enough to break off in the event of an extraction torque and to release the screw. There is no proof to support

  19. Polymethylmethacrylate-augmented screw fixation for stabilization in metastatic spinal tumors. Technical note.

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    Jang, Jee Soo; Lee, Sang Ho; Rhee, Chang Hun; Lee, Seung Hoon

    2002-01-01

    Screw fixation augmented with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or some other biocompatible bone cement has been used in patients with osteoporosis requiring spinal fusion. No clinical studies have been conducted on PMMA-augmented screw fixation for stabilization of the vertebral column in patients with metastatic spinal tumors. The purpose of this study was to determine whether screw fixation augmented with PMMA might be suitable in patients treated for multilevel metastatic spinal tumors. Ten patients with metastatic spinal tumors involving multiple vertebral levels underwent stabilization procedures in which PMMA was used to augment screw fixation after decompression of the spinal cord. Within 15 days, partial or complete relief from pain was obtained in all patients postoperatively. Two of four patients in whom neurological deficits caused them to be nonambulatory before surgery were able to ambulate postoperatively. Neither collapse of the injected vertebral bodies nor failure of the screw fixation was observed during the mean follow-up period of 6.7 months. Screw fixation augmented with PMMA may offer stronger stabilization and facilitate the instrumentation across short segments in the treatment of multilevel metastatic spinal tumors. PMID:11795702

  20. Enhancement of pedicle screw stability using calcium phosphate cement in osteoporotic vertebrae: in vivo biomechanical study.

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    Taniwaki, Yoshimichi; Takemasa, Ryuichi; Tani, Toshikazu; Mizobuchi, Hiroo; Yamamoto, Hiroshi

    2003-01-01

    We conducted an experimental study using female beagles with and without ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis to determine the effect of calcium phosphate cement (CPC) on the mechanical stability of inserted pedicle screws. A drill hole was created from the base of the transverse process to the vertebral body; CPC was injected into the hole, and then a screw was inserted into the same hole. In the presence of osteoporosis evidenced by dual X-ray absorptiometry, the stability of the inserted screw augmented by CPC against pull-out and cephalocaudal forces were significantly greater by 28% and 54% at 1 week after operation, 48% and 71% at 2 weeks, and 56% and 68% at 4 weeks compared with those without CPC. The pull-out strength increased progressively with time after surgery, probably reflecting new-bone growth from the surrounding cancellous bone, which was in direct contact with the CPC, as shown in the histologic study. At each time point the cephalocaudal rigidity was similar and the pull-out strength greater than that for the screws inserted without CPC in nonporotic dogs. These findings suggest that CPC augments the stability of the inserted pedicle screws and increases the stiffness of fixed osteoporotic motion segments using instrumentation. PMID:12768486

  1. Evidence of bone formation in the nasal floor around polished surface bi-cortical screw implants after indirect nasal lift in an atrophied maxilla: Cone beam computed tomography-based case report.

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    Khairnar, Mayur; Gaur, Vivek

    2015-01-01

    Maxillary jaw is restricted superiorly with maxillary sinus in the posterior region and nasal cavity in the anterior region. Augmentation of distal maxilla with recessed maxillary sinus has been documented since, last few decades. Sinus lifts the procedure either through crestal or lateral approach proves to be an effective way for augmenting bone for the placement of dental implants in atrophied posterior maxilla. However, when it comes to vertically deficient anterior maxilla, lifting of the nasal membrane is not considered. Perhaps, recent studies have shown greater success of dental implant placed after augmentation of the nasal floor. This report emphasizes on an observation of significant bone formation after indirect lifting of the nasal membrane with smooth polished surface bi-cortical implants. PMID:26015681

  2. [Intermaxillary immobilization using ring-screws in adults].

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    Dunet, E; Nallet, E; Badjina, F; Marx, O

    1997-11-01

    We have been unsatisfied with the mandibular ligatures (binding) using Ivy type steel dental wire alone or with arch bars. The principal risks are: instability of ligature in patients with missing teeth AIDS, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections periodental lesions We propose the use of anterior titanium implant screws or the monocortical "piton" which have been used up till now in maxillofacial bone reconstruction. Eight patients in one year have benefited from this procedure. This involved the implant of 32 "pitons" in fractured jaws and, for this study, in parasymphyseal areas PMID:9471681

  3. Evidence of bone formation in the nasal floor around polished surface bi-cortical screw implants after indirect nasal lift in an atrophied maxilla: Cone beam computed tomography-based case report

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    Khairnar, Mayur; Gaur, Vivek

    2015-01-01

    Maxillary jaw is restricted superiorly with maxillary sinus in the posterior region and nasal cavity in the anterior region. Augmentation of distal maxilla with recessed maxillary sinus has been documented since, last few decades. Sinus lifts the procedure either through crestal or lateral approach proves to be an effective way for augmenting bone for the placement of dental implants in atrophied posterior maxilla. However, when it comes to vertically deficient anterior maxilla, lifting of th...

  4. Screw-fed pump system

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    Sprouse, Kenneth M

    2014-11-25

    A pump system includes a pump that includes a first belt and a second belt that are spaced apart from each other to provide generally straight sides of a passage there between. There is an inlet at one end of the passage and an outlet at an opposite end of the passage, with a passage length that extends between the inlet and the outlet. The passage defines a gap distance in a width direction between the straight sides at the passage inlet. A hopper includes an interior space that terminates at a mouth at the passage inlet. At least one screw is located within the interior space of the hopper and includes a screw diameter in the width direction that is less than or equal to the gap distance.

  5. Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Fixation Combined with Vertebroplasty with Calcium Phosphate Bone Cement in the Treatment of Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture%微创椎弓根钉内固定联合磷酸钙骨水泥椎体成形术治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折

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    顾宇彤; 梁朝革; 张亮; 林红; 周健

    2015-01-01

    目的:评估微创椎弓根钉内固定(微小切口非空心椎弓根钉技术)联合磷酸钙骨水泥经皮穿刺椎体成形术(percutaneous vertebroplasty ,PVP)治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折的疗性和安全性。方法:采用微创椎弓根钉内固定联合磷酸钙骨水泥 PVP术治疗23例单节段胸腰椎新鲜爆裂性骨折且无神经症状的患者,伤椎位于 T11~L2,均属A3型骨折。记录手术时间、术中出血量、骨水泥注射量和住院天数。记录术前及术后即刻、1个月、2个月、3个月、6个月、1年、2年的腰背痛评分,计算并比较各时点的椎体高度压缩率、恢复率、椎体后凸角、椎体后凸矫正率。结果:磷酸钙骨水泥平均注射量为4.9(3.8~6.4)mL,平均手术时间92(75~120) min ,平均出血量52(40~75) mL ,平均住院5.6(4~7) d ,术后平均随访26(24~29)个月。VAS评分由术前的(8.8±1.2)分下降至术后即刻的(1.8±0.6)分及术后2年的(0.4±0.5)分,差异均有显著统计学意义(P<0.001)。高度压缩率由术前的(50.4±7.2)%显著下降至术后即刻的(6.2±1.5)%及术后2年的(6.9±1.4)%,差异均有显著统计学意义(P<0.001)。后凸角由术前的(22.6±1.8)°下降至术后即刻的(3.2±1.7)°及术后2年的(5.1±1.5)°,差异均有显著统计学意义( P<0.001)。随访过程中术后高度恢复率、后凸矫正率无明显减小;未出现螺钉松动、断钉或断棒。结论:微创椎弓根钉内固定联合磷酸钙骨水泥PV P术是治疗胸腰椎爆裂性骨折的安全、有效的方法。%Objective:To evaluate the efficacy and safety of minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation combined with percutaneous vertebroplasty(PVP) with calcium phosphate bone cement in the treatment of acute thoracolumbar burst fracture . Methods:Twenty‐three patients

  6. Modelling of the Heating Process in a Thermal Screw

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    The procedure of separating efficiently dry-stuff (proteins), fat, and water is an important process in the handling of waste products from industrial and commercial meat manufactures. One of the sub-processes in a separation facility is a thermal screw where the raw material (after proper mincing) is heated in order to melt fat, coagulate protein, and free water. This process is very energy consuming and the efficiency of the product is highly dependent on accurate temperature control of the process. A key quality parameter is the time that the product is maintained at temperatures within a certain threshold. A detailed mathematical model for the heating process in the thermal screw is developed and analysed. The model is formulated as a set of partial differential equations including the latent heat for the melting process of the fat and the boiling of water, respectively. The product is modelled by three components; water, fat and dry-stuff (bones and proteins). The melting of the fat component is captured as a plateau in the product temperature. The model effectively captures the product outlet temperature and the energy consumed. Depending on raw material composition, 'soft' or 'dry', the model outlines the heat injection and screw speeds necessary to obtain optimal output quality.

  7. Modelling of the Heating Process in a Thermal Screw

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    Zhang, Xuan; Veje, Christian T.; Lassen, Benny; Willatzen, Morten

    2012-11-01

    The procedure of separating efficiently dry-stuff (proteins), fat, and water is an important process in the handling of waste products from industrial and commercial meat manufactures. One of the sub-processes in a separation facility is a thermal screw where the raw material (after proper mincing) is heated in order to melt fat, coagulate protein, and free water. This process is very energy consuming and the efficiency of the product is highly dependent on accurate temperature control of the process. A key quality parameter is the time that the product is maintained at temperatures within a certain threshold. A detailed mathematical model for the heating process in the thermal screw is developed and analysed. The model is formulated as a set of partial differential equations including the latent heat for the melting process of the fat and the boiling of water, respectively. The product is modelled by three components; water, fat and dry-stuff (bones and proteins). The melting of the fat component is captured as a plateau in the product temperature. The model effectively captures the product outlet temperature and the energy consumed. Depending on raw material composition, "soft" or "dry", the model outlines the heat injection and screw speeds necessary to obtain optimal output quality.

  8. Combined Percutaneous Iliosacral Screw Fixation With Sacroplasty Using Resorbable Calcium Phosphate Cement for Osteoporotic Pelvic Fractures Requiring Surgery.

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    Collinge, Cory A; Crist, Brett D

    2016-06-01

    Osteoporotic sacral fractures, including acute and chronic insufficiency fractures, are increasing in frequency and present a number of management problem. Many of these patients are treated nonoperatively with relative immobility (eg, bedrest, wheelchair, or weight-bearing restrictions) and analgesics, which likely make the osteoporotic component worse. Surgery in this patient population may be desirable in some cases with the goals of improving mobility, relieving pain, and healing in an aligned position while minimizing deformity progression. However, internal fixation of the osteoporotic pelvis can be difficult. Large unicortical lag screws are the workhorse of posterior pelvic fixation, and yet fixation in cancellous bone corridors of an osteoporotic sacrum seems unlikely to achieve optimal fixation. As a result, the operative management and clinical results of these difficult injuries may not be uniformly successful. The authors present a technique for treating osteoporotic patients with a sacral fracture when operative treatment is indicated using percutaneous screw fixation combined with screw augmentation using a resorbable calcium phosphate bone substitute or "cement." The guide wire for a 7.3-mm or other large cannulated lag screw is fully inserted along the desired bony sacral corridor as is standard. The lag screw is then inserted over the wire to the depth where cement is desired. The guide wire is removed, and the aqueous calcium phosphate is injected through the screw's cannulation. For acute fractures, cement was applied to the areas distant to the fracture; whereas in insufficiency fractures, the cement was inserted along most of the screw path. The guide wire then can be reinserted and the lag screw fully inserted. The rationale for using these 2 modalities is their synergistic effect: the cannulated screw provides typical screw fixation and also a conduit for cement application. The cement augments the lag screw's purchase in osteoporotic bone

  9. 微型种植体支抗-骨界面压力侧和非压力侧的组织学研究%A histological study on the bone-implant interface of the mini-screw implant anchorage

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    冯贻苗; 房兵; 娄新田; 吴勇; 江凌勇

    2011-01-01

    目的 研究在不同愈合时间和负载条件下微型种植体支抗-骨界面压力侧和非压力侧的组织学变化.方法 选用纯种Beagle犬8只,在其上颌根间牙槽骨中植入86颗微型种植体支抗,分别进行即刻负载、愈合2周、愈合4周、愈合12周后加载150 g和300 g牵引力,定期注射荧光标志物,加载2个月后处死动物.标记种植体的压力侧和非压力侧,两侧分别进行种植体颈部骨结合率(BIC)、骨充填率(BSA)和矿物沉积率(MAR)的测量以及HE染色组织形态观察,以BIC和BSA作为骨整合能力的观察指标.结果 即刻负载组和愈合2周负载300克组压力侧的骨整合能力、矿物沉积率和骨改建活跃程度均小于非压力侧,其余各组则相反.不同负载力值组间比较无显著性差异.结论 微型种植体支抗-骨界面颈部即刻负载时压力侧的骨整合和骨改建较非压力侧低,随着愈合时间的延长,压力侧相对增强,非压力侧相对降低,而负载力值对界面的影响较小.%Objective To investigate the histological difference at the bone-implant interface between pressure and non-pressure sides of the mini-screw implant anchorage (MIA) under the condition of different loading force and heeling time. Methods Eighty-six MIAs were inserted in the maxillary alveolar bone between the dental roots in 8 beagles. Healing after 0, 2, 4, 12 weeks, 150 g and 300 g forces were loaded perpendicularly to the implants and fluorochrome was injected. Two months later, all dogs were sacrificed. The slices of MIA on the pressure and non-pressure sides were labeled. Bone implant contact ratio(BIC), bone surface area(BSA) and mineral apposition rate (MAR) were measured and histological observations were carried out. Results BIC, BSA, MAR and bone remodeling on the pressure side were lower than those on the non-pressure side in the immediate loading group and the group healing after 2 weeks with 300 g force, while the reverse result

  10. Osseointegration of Titanium Implants in Onlay of Cerament™, a New Ceramic Bone Substitute

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    Anna Truedsson

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose was to investigate whether a new biphasic and injectable ceramic bone substitute Cerament™ that rapidly remodels to bone, may contribute to the retention of titanium implant screws during the healing period, and to analyze the pattern of bone formation around titanium implants.Titanium screws were implanted in rat tibiae and embedded with or without Cerament™ on the cortical surface. Torsional resistance was measured after 1 day, and after 6 and 12 weeks. Implant areas without bone substitute were analyzed histologically for comparison. The torsional resistance increased over time as the screws were osseointegrated. There was no difference in resistance between screws embedded in the bone substitute and control screws. The bone apposition was more pronounced on the proximal side of the screw than on the distal side. Cerament™ is capable of conducting bone growth from a cortical bone surface. The newly formed bone in this application does not significantly add to the osseointegrative strength of the implant screw, as measured by torque resistance, during the first 12 weeks.

  11. Osseointegration of Titanium Implants in Onlay of Cerament™, a New Ceramic Bone Substitute.

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    Truedsson, Anna; Wang, Jian-Sheng; Lindberg, Pia; Warfvinge, Gunnar

    2016-01-01

    The purpose was to investigate whether a new biphasic and injectable ceramic bone substitute Cerament™ that rapidly remodels to bone, may contribute to the retention of titanium implant screws during the healing period, and to analyze the pattern of bone formation around titanium implants.Titanium screws were implanted in rat tibiae and embedded with or without Cerament™ on the cortical surface. Torsional resistance was measured after 1 day, and after 6 and 12 weeks. Implant areas without bone substitute were analyzed histologically for comparison. The torsional resistance increased over time as the screws were osseointegrated. There was no difference in resistance between screws embedded in the bone substitute and control screws. The bone apposition was more pronounced on the proximal side of the screw than on the distal side. Cerament™ is capable of conducting bone growth from a cortical bone surface. The newly formed bone in this application does not significantly add to the osseointegrative strength of the implant screw, as measured by torque resistance, during the first 12 weeks. PMID:26751485

  12. Osseointegration of Titanium Implants in Onlay of Cerament™, a New Ceramic Bone Substitute

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    Truedsson, Anna; Wang, Jian-Sheng; Lindberg, Pia; Warfvinge, Gunnar

    2016-01-01

    The purpose was to investigate whether a new biphasic and injectable ceramic bone substitute Cerament™ that rapidly remodels to bone, may contribute to the retention of titanium implant screws during the healing period, and to analyze the pattern of bone formation around titanium implants.Titanium screws were implanted in rat tibiae and embedded with or without Cerament™ on the cortical surface. Torsional resistance was measured after 1 day, and after 6 and 12 weeks. Implant areas without bone substitute were analyzed histologically for comparison. The torsional resistance increased over time as the screws were osseointegrated. There was no difference in resistance between screws embedded in the bone substitute and control screws. The bone apposition was more pronounced on the proximal side of the screw than on the distal side. Cerament™ is capable of conducting bone growth from a cortical bone surface. The newly formed bone in this application does not significantly add to the osseointegrative strength of the implant screw, as measured by torque resistance, during the first 12 weeks. PMID:26751485

  13. 强化螺钉治疗老年腰椎管狭窄近中期疗效%The short and midterm clinical effect of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement augmentation in the treatment of senile lumbar spinal stenosis

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    瞿岱彪; 黄圣升; 吴华; 刘礼金

    2015-01-01

    目的:评价骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉内固定治疗伴老年腰椎管狭窄症的近中期临床疗效。方法2012年6月至2014年6月间应用骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉治疗老年性腰椎管狭窄患者24例,所有患者术前均行骨密度测定诊断为骨质疏松症。采用VAS、JOA下腰痛评分及Oswestry功能障碍指数问卷表(ODI)评分标准评价临床疗效。结果24例患者随访6-24个月,平均(11.50±2.11)个月,不适症状均得到一定改善。 VAS评分术前(7.55±1.30)、术后3个月为(3.65±0.87)、术后6个月为(3.15±0.71)、末次为(2.83±2.04);JOA评分术前为(8.66±7.01)、术后3个月为(14.09±2.07)、术后6个月为(16.88±1.95)、末次随访为(17.33±1.74);ODI评分术前为(0.71±0.31)、术后3个月为(0.44±0.12)、术后6个月为(0.31±0.11)、末次随访为(0.29±0.07)。术后3个月、6个月、末次随访所有评价指标分别与术前对比,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。随访时复查相关影像学资料示只有1例因外伤出现椎弓根螺钉松动,末次随访椎间融合率高达87%。结论对于老年性合并骨质疏松的腰椎管狭窄症患者,应用骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉技术临床疗效确切,有术后椎间融合率高、发生内固定松动率低、二次手术风险低等优势。%Objective To observe the short and midterm clinical effect of pedicle screw fixation with bone cement augmenta-tion in the treatment of senile lumbar spinal stenosis. Methods From June 2012 to June 2014,24 patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and osteoporosis were treated by posterior decompression,intervertebral fusion with pedicle screw fixation with bone ce-ment augmentation. Osteoporosis was diagnosed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) examination in all cases preopera-tively. The clinical results were investigated by measuring VAS and JOA and ODI scoring. Results 24 patients were followed up from 6 to 24 months (average 11.50

  14. 持续闭式引流(VSD)结合骨水泥抗生素链珠治疗腰椎骨折椎弓根钉棒系统内固定术后早期感染%Treatment of early postoperative infection of lumbar fracture internal fixation of pedicle screw rod system with vacuum sealing drainage(VSD)combined with antibiotic bone cement chain

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    朱余龙; 朱海涛; 丁德刚; 徐亮

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨持续闭式引流(VSD)结合骨水泥抗生素链珠治疗腰椎骨折椎弓根钉棒系统内固定术后早期感染的临床疗效。方法2010年3月一2014年3月,使用持续闭式引流(VSD)结合骨水泥抗生素链珠治疗腰椎骨折椎弓根钉棒系统内固定术后早期感染11例,随访其临床效果。结果11例患者均得到随访,随访时间8—12月,平均10.5月。手术后感染治愈,无一例需取出原内固定物重新或者更换固定材料。结论持续闭式引流(VSD)结合骨水泥抗生素链珠治疗腰椎骨折椎弓根钉棒系统内固定术后早期感染操作简单、安全有效,可以作为治疗腰椎骨折椎弓根钉棒系统内固定术后早期感染手段之一。%Objective: To investigate the efficacy of the treatment of early postoperative infection of umbar fracture internal fixation of pedicle screw rod system with VSD combined with antibiotic bone cement chain. Methods: from 2010 March to 2014 March, the use of continuous closed drainage (VSD) combined with antibiotic bone cement bead chain, lumbar fracture internal fixation of pedicle screw rod system treatment of early postoperative infection in 11 cases, folow-up clinical results. Results: 11 patients were folowed up from 8-12 months, with an average of 8.5 months. Cured of infection after surgery, no case of need to remove or replace the original re-fixed within the implant material. Conclusion: The continuous closed drainage (VSD) combined with antibiotic bone cement beads chain to treat early infection is simple, safe and effective treatment of lumbar fracture internal fixation of pedicle screw rod system can be used as a means of early postoperative infection.

  15. Atlantoaxial arthrodesis using C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation in a case of Morquio syndrome

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    Arvind G Kulkarni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Prophylactic or therapeutic arthrodesis is recommended for atlantoaxial instability in Morquio syndrome. Occipitocervical fusion, the common approach for upper cervical fusion in Morquio syndrome sacrifices the movements at the occipitoatlantal joints. The use of C1-C2 transarticular screws for achieving C1-C2 arthrodesis, without compromising mobility at the occipitoatlantal joint in Morquio syndrome has not been reported. We report a case of Morquio syndrome with atlantoaxial instability and odontoid hypoplasia, where we successfully achieved C1-C2 arthrodesis using transarticular screws and bone graft. The advantages of this method over other methods of atlantoaxial arthrodesis in Morquio syndrome have also been discussed.

  16. Effects of Lateral Mass Screw Rod Fixation to the Stability of Cervical Spine after Laminectomy

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    Rosli, Ruwaida; Kashani, Jamal; Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul

    There are many cases of injury in the cervical spine due to degenerative disorder, trauma or instability. This condition may produce pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerve coming from the spine. The aim of this study was, to analyze the stabilization of the cervical spine after undergoing laminectomy via computational simulation. For that purpose, a three-dimensional finite element (FE) model for the multilevel cervical spine segment (C1-C7) was developed using computed tomography (CT) data. There are various decompression techniques that can be applied to overcome the injury. Usually, decompression procedures will create an unstable spine. Therefore, in these situations, the spine is often surgically restabilized by using fusion and instrumentation. In this study, a lateral mass screw-rod fixation was created to stabilize the cervical spine after laminectomy. Material properties of the titanium alloy were assigned on the implants. The requirements moments and boundary conditions were applied on simulated implanted bone. Result showed that the bone without implant has a higher flexion and extension angle in comparison to the bone with implant under applied 1Nm moment. The bone without implant has maximum stress distribution at the vertebrae and ligaments. However, the bone with implant has maximum stress distribution at the screws and rods. Overall, the lateral mass screw-rod fixation provides stability to the cervical spine after undergoing laminectomy.

  17. Parafusos automacheantes: comparação mecânica no modelo artificial de osso e na vértebra cervical de carneiro Tornillos autoterrajante: comparación mecánica en el modelo artificial de hueso y en la vértebra cervical de oveja Self-tapping screws: mechanical analysis in the model of artificial bone and in the cervical sheep vertebra

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    Patrícia Silva

    2009-09-01

    inserción y la fuerza de arrancamiento. Fueron formados dos grupos experimentales de acuerdo con el tipo de tornillo utilizado: Grupo I-Tornillo cortical autoterrajante; Grupo II-tornillo CSLP autoterrajante. El orificio-piloto fue perforado con 10.0 mm de profundidad por medio de una broca con diámetro de 2.5 mm (Grupo I y 3.0 mm (Grupo II. El troque de inserción fue medido durante la implantación de los tornillos y en seguida fueron realizados ensayos mecánicos en máquina universal de test para evaluar la fuerza de arrancamiento de los implantes. RESULTADOS: los tornillos autoterrajante CSLP presentaron valores del torque de inserción y resistencia al arrancamiento mayores que los tornillos corticales autoterrajante. CONCLUSIÓN: el diseño del tornillo CSLP influye en su troque de inserción y resistencia al arrancamiento, siendo la evaluación de estos parámetros superiores a los tornillos corticales autoterrajante.OBJECTIVE: compare the new self-tapping cervical spine locking plate (CSLP screw with traditional self-tapping cortical screw used in anterior cervical locking plates in terms of insertion torque and pullout strength. METHODS: 15 traditional self-tapping cortical screws and 15 new self-drilling CSLP screws were inserted into 15 models of artificial bone (polyurethane and 15 cervical vertebrae of sheep. The studied parameters were the insertional torque and pullout strength. The following groups were created, in agreement with the type of screw used: Group I, of self-tapping cortical screw; and Group II, with self-tapping CSLP screw. The pilot hole had 10.0 mm in depth and was made with a 2.5 mm (Group I and 3.0 mm (Group II drill. The insertional torque was measured and the pullout test was performed. RESULTS: the CSLP self-tapping screw presented a higher insertional torque and pullout strength compared to cortical self-tapping screws. CONCLUSION: the thread design of CSLP screw influenced the insertional torque and pullout resistance, and the

  18. Effect of twist-orientation on mechanical properties of self-reinforced poly(lactic acid) screws in simulated body environment

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    Sakaguchi, Masato; Kobayashi, Satoshi; composite engineering lab Team

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) attracts much attention as a typical biodegradable polymer, and has been applied as a bone fixation device. As one of the methods to improve mechanical properties of PLA bone fixation device, orientations of molecular chains have been investigated. However, conventional uniaxial drawing could not improve mechanical properties along the other loading direction than the drawing direction, such as torsion. In this study, screw is treated as a bone fixation device. In order to improve torsional strength of a bioabsorbable PLA screw, twist-orientation method has been developed. PLA screw is prepared through a series of routes including extrusion molding, extrusion drawing, twist-orientation and forging. This screw was immersed in the phosphate buffer solution for 0, 8, 16 and 24 weeks, then shear strength, orientation function, crystallinity and molecular weight were measured. As a result, twist-orientation improves the initial torsional strength of PLA screw without the decrease in initial shear strength. In addition, the shear strength on twist-oriented screw is equivalent that of non-twist oriented screw during immersion until 24 weeks. This result shown that the twist-orientation does not decrease shear strength after immersion.

  19. Rotational Efficiency of Photo-Driven Archimedes Screws for Micropumps

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    2015-01-01

    In this study, we characterized the rotational efficiency of the photo-driven Archimedes screw. The micron-sized Archimedes screws were fabricated using the two-photon polymerization technique. Free-floating screws trapped by optical tweezers align in the laser irradiation direction and rotate spontaneously. The influences of the screw pitch and the number of screw blades have been investigated in our previous studies. In this paper, the blade thickness and the central rod of the screw were ...

  20. Corrosion of magnesium alloy AZ31 screws is dependent on the implantation site

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    Willbold, E. [Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Anna-von-Borries-Strasse 1-7, D - 30625 Hannover (Germany); Kaya, A.A. [Mugla University, Engineering Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Department, Mugla (Turkey); Kaya, R.A. [MedicalPark Hospital, Kueltuer Sok No:1, 34160 Bahcelievler, Istanbul (Turkey); Beckmann, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Materials Research, Max-Planck-Str.1, D - 21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Witte, F., E-mail: witte.frank@mh-hannover.de [Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Anna-von-Borries-Strasse 1-7, D - 30625 Hannover (Germany)

    2011-12-15

    The corrosion of biodegradable materials is a crucial issue in implant development. Among other materials, magnesium and magnesium based alloys are one of the most promising candidates. Since the corrosion of biodegradable materials depends on different physiological parameters like pH or ion concentrations, the corrosion might be different in different biological environments. To investigate this issue, we produced screws from magnesium alloy AZ31 and implanted them into the hip bone of 14 sheep. After 3 and 6 months, the screws were explanted and analyzed with synchrotron-radiation based micro-computed tomography and hard tissue histology. We found considerable differences in the corrosion behavior of the magnesium screws with respect to its original tissue location. However, we could detect a normal immunological tissue response.

  1. The treatment of metastasis to the femoral neck using percutaneous hollow perforated screws with cement augmentation.

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    Kang, H G; Roh, Y W; Kim, H S

    2009-08-01

    We have developed a hollow perforated cannulated screw. One or more of these was implanted percutaneously in 11 patients with an osteolytic metastasis in the femoral neck and multiple metastases elsewhere. They were supplemented by one or two additional standard 6.5 mm cannulated screws in nine patients. Polymethylmethacrylate bone cement was injected through the screw into the neck of the femur using small syringes, as in vertebroplasty. The mean amount of cement injected was 23.2 ml (17 to 30). Radiotherapy was started on the fourth post-operative day and chemotherapy, on average, was resumed a day later. Good structural stability and satisfactory relief from pain were achieved in all the patients. This technique may be useful in the palliation of metastases in the femoral neck. PMID:19651838

  2. Corrosion of magnesium alloy AZ31 screws is dependent on the implantation site

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    The corrosion of biodegradable materials is a crucial issue in implant development. Among other materials, magnesium and magnesium based alloys are one of the most promising candidates. Since the corrosion of biodegradable materials depends on different physiological parameters like pH or ion concentrations, the corrosion might be different in different biological environments. To investigate this issue, we produced screws from magnesium alloy AZ31 and implanted them into the hip bone of 14 sheep. After 3 and 6 months, the screws were explanted and analyzed with synchrotron-radiation based micro-computed tomography and hard tissue histology. We found considerable differences in the corrosion behavior of the magnesium screws with respect to its original tissue location. However, we could detect a normal immunological tissue response.

  3. 带缝匠肌骨瓣移植联合空心钉内固定治疗青少年股骨颈骨折的临床效果分析%Clinical effect analysis of sartorial-pedicled ilium bone transplantation combined with hollow screw fixation treating femoral neck fracture of youngsters

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    郑凌云; 邓秋平; 田华强; 方良韬

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析带缝匠肌骨瓣移植联合空心钉内固定对青少年股骨颈骨折的治疗效果。方法选取本院2012年7月~2014年6月收治的80例青少年股骨颈骨折患者,按随机数字表法分成研究组和对照组,各40例。研究组采用带缝匠肌骨瓣移植术联合空心钉内固定术进行治疗;对照组单纯采用空心螺钉内固定术进行治疗。比较两组手术时间、术中出血量、住院时间、股骨头缺血性坏死发生率、骨折愈合时间、临床疗效及治疗前、后生活质量。结果研究组手术时间长于对照组(P0.05);研究组股骨头缺血性坏死发生率低于对照组(P0.05);研究组治疗后生活质量得分高于对照组(P0.05). The life quality score of research group after treatment was higher than that of control group (P<0.05). Conclusion Sartorial-pedicled ilium bone transplantation combined with hollow screw fixation treating femoral neck fracture of youngsters has the advantages of rapid recovery and good efficacy.

  4. 滑丝空心取钉器的研制及临床应用%Development and clinical application of screw remover for the skidded screws

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    童松林; 徐建杰; 虞建浩; 高益斌; 陆忠辉; 王以进

    2012-01-01

    Objective To develop an EZ screw remover for screwing out the skidded screws,discuss its design features and biomechanical characteristics and verify its extracting effect by clinical applications. Methods Fresh skeleton specimens were used in the study,including the femur (n =3),tibia ( n =3 ),radius and ulna ( n =3 ).The screws were fixed to the specimens according to clinical requirements and bone cement was filled into the medullary cavity.The specimens were randomized into three biomechanical test model groups,ie,Group A (measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by screwdriver),Group B (measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by one handle of EZ screw remover) and Group C ( measuring the skidded screws with the biggest torsion when the screws were taken out by two handles).The fixed screws were divided into two types of φ4.5 mm and φ3.5 mm.The experimental specimens were tested on the universal testing machines to measure the maximum torque,torsion angle,power consumption value and efficiency when drawing out the screws. The experimental data were compared between groups.The skidded screws encountered in clinical were taken out with EZ screw remover to verify the extracting effect. Results The pullout torque in Groups A,B and C was 2.87-3.27 N · m,3.06-4.83N · m and 4.12-8.36 N · m respectively ( P < 0.05 ).The average torsion angle value in each corresponding group was 0.77°,0.28°,0.16° respectively (P < 0.05 ).When the screws were screwed out,the average power consumption was 21 J,32 J and 45 J in Groups A,B and C respectively and power ( mechanical efficiency) was 0.35 J/s,0.53 J/s and 0.75J/s in Groups A,B and C respectively,with significant differences ( P < 0.05 ).Seventeen pieces of the cannulated skidded screws of φ7.3 mm in seven patients were successfully taken out by using the EZ screw remover. Conclusion EZ screw removerhas enough resistance

  5. Transarticular screw fixation using neuronavigation: Technique

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    Dwarakanath Srinivas

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Transarticular screw placement needs highly accurate imaging. We assess the efficacy and accuracy of C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation using neuronavigation and also cast a technical note on the procedure. Materials and Methods: This study included a total of nine patients who underwent transarticular screw fixation using the neuronavigation system. A total of 15 screws were placed. All patients underwent postoperative CT scan with 3-Dimensional (3-D reconstruction to check for the accuracy of implantation. Results: One patient had encroachment of the transverse foramen but there was no vertebral artery injury. There were no clinical complications or adverse sequelae. Conclusion: Neuronavigation is extremely helpful in C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation and gives excellent accuracy.

  6. Twin screw subsurface and surface multiphase pumps

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    Dass, P. [CAN-K GROUP OF COMPANIES, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    A new subsurface twin screw multiphase pump has been developed to replace ESP and other artificial lift technologies. This technology has been under development for a few years, has been field tested and is now going for commercial applications. The subsurface twin screw technology consists of a pair of screws that do not touch and can be run with a top drive or submersible motor; and it carries a lot of benefits. This technology is easy to install and its low slippage makes it highly efficient with heavy oil. In addition twin screw multiphase pumps are capable of handling high viscosity fluids and thus their utilization can save water when used in thermal applications. It also induces savings of chemicals because asphaltenes do not break down easily as well as a reduction in SOR. The subsurface twin screw multiphase pump presented herein is an advanced technology which could be used in thermal applications.

  7. Bone Cement Augmentation of Pedicle Screw Fixation Combined with Kyphoplasty for Osteoporotic Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures%骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定结合椎体后凸成形术治疗骨质疏松性胸腰段爆裂骨折

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    于亮; 蒋伟宇; 赵刘军; 马维虎; 徐荣明

    2014-01-01

    [目的]评估骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定结合椎体后凸成形术(percutaneous kyphoplasty,PKP)治疗骨质疏松性胸腰椎爆裂骨折的临床疗效。[方法]收集本院2011年1月至2012年12月采用骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定结合PKP治疗的31例无神经损伤的骨质疏松性胸腰椎爆裂骨折患者,观测术前、术后1周及术后1年伤椎前后缘压缩率改变、后凸Cobb角、视觉模拟评分(visual analogue scale,VAS)及术后并发症,评估手术效果。[结果]术前椎体前、后缘压缩率分别为(49.5±6.1)%和(16.7±3.2)%,术后1年椎体前后缘压缩率分别为(9.1±1.3)%和(1.2±0.9)%,Cobb角由术前平均(25.7±4.5)°矫正至术后(3.3±2.1)°,平均矫正19.8°,VAS评分由术前平均(7.2±0.5)分降为术后(1.9±0.6)分,各项指标术后与术前比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。术后随访12~24个月,无1例发生手术并发症。[结论]骨水泥强化椎弓根螺钉固定结合PKP治疗骨质疏松性胸腰椎爆裂骨折,能有效恢复脊柱矢状序列,同时也能较好地维持伤椎的高度和强度,避免术后椎体塌陷,有助于早期康复,减少并发症。%Objective] To assess the efficacy of bone cement augmentation of pedicle screw fixation combined with kyphoplasty for osteoporotic thoracolumbar burst fractures. [Methods] Thirty-one cases of neurological y intact osteoporotic thoracolumbar burst fractures treated by bone cement augmentation of pedicle screw fixation combined with kyphoplasty between January 2011 and December 2012 were included in this study. Then analyze the front and back edges height of the injured vertebra, kyphosis Cobb ’s angle, visual analogue scale(VAS) and complications. [Results] Patients were fol owed up for 12 to 24 months(mean 18.2 months), there was no complication. Al patients recovered satisying, front and back edges of the compression ratio was (49.5±6.1)%and

  8. 经皮椎弓根钉体外撑开结合伤椎骨水泥注入治疗中老年胸腰椎骨折的临床研究%Clinical study and of percutaneous pedicle screws vitro distraction combined with injuried vertebrae bone cement infusion for middle-aged thoracolumbar

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    王铁铸; 王月; 王清和; 刘璞; 焦甲勋; 闫菁辉; 张晓强; 陈祥云

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨经皮椎弓根钉体外撑开结合伤椎骨水泥注入治疗中老年胸腰椎骨折的可行性、安全性及有效性.方法 回顾性分析20例经皮椎弓根钉体外撑开结合伤椎骨水泥注入治疗中老年胸腰椎骨折.测量手术前后伤椎Cobb角、椎体前缘的高度丢失率.结果 术前平均腰背痛VAS评分(7.2±1.6)分,ODI(52.6±16).术后平均腰背痛VAS评分(2.4±1.6)分,ODI (21.6±9),平均腰背痛VAS和ODI均明显低于术前(P<0.01).术前椎体前缘的丢失率(49.4±12.5)%,术后(8.2±4.9)%,末次随访时(9.2±5.1)%;术前后凸角度(18.1±4.3)°,术后后凸角度(3.5±1.9)°,末次随访时(4.2±1.8)°.椎体高度丢失率、后凸角度术后、末次随访较术前差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);末次随访与术后比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 经皮伤椎成形术结合体外椎弓根钉撑开系统一期矫正伤椎的压缩高度及恢复正常的脊柱生理曲度,创伤小,是中老年胸腰椎骨折安全有效的治疗方法.%Objective To study the feasibility,safety and efficacy of percutaneous pedicle screws vitro distraction combined with injuried vertebrae bone cement infusion for middle-aged thoracolumbar fractures.Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on 20 patients operated for middle-aged thoracolumbar fractures by percutaneous pedicle screws vitro distraction combined with injuries vertebrae bone cement infusion.Results The average preoperative VAS score for radicular pain and ODI were (7.2±1.6) and (52.6±16).The patients had an average VAS of (2.4±1.6) for low bank pain and an average ODI of (21.6±9) afer the operation.The improvements in VAS and ODI were statistically significant (P <0.01).Preoperative vertebral loss rate was (49.4±12.5) percent,postoperative (8.2±4.9),the last follow-up (9.2±5.1); the convex angles before and after surgery was (18.1±4.3)°,postoperative (3.5±1.9)°,last follow-up (4.2±1.8)°.Vertebral height

  9. 空心拉力螺钉加镍钛聚髌器置入内固定重建骨折髌骨的生物力学条件%Biomechanical requirement for the reconstruction of patellar fracture treated with cancellous bone screw and nickel-titanium-patellar concentrator internal fixation

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    高振巢; 刘德昌; 蔡国平

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There are various internal fixation methods for the clinical treatment of patel ar fractures, but each method has advantages and disadvantages, respectively. The selection of proper internal fixation method wil directly affect the healing time and recovery of knee joint function. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the biomechanical reconstruction effect on patel ar fracture treated with cancel ous bone screw and nickel-titanium-patel ar concentrator internal fixation. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 27 cases of acute patel ar fracture patients from January 2011 to January 2012 in the Department of Orthopedics, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, including 13 cases of transverse fracture, 11 cases of comminuted fracture and three cases of upper or lower pole fracture. Al the 27 patients received cancel ous bone screw and nickel-titanium-patel ar concentrator internal fixation without plaster external fixation, and then the quadriceps active contraction training was performed from the 2nd day after internal fixation, and bed knee flexion and extension exercises were performed at 1 week after internal fixation. The knee joint function was evaluated with Böstman score system. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Al the 27 patients were fol owed-up for 4-14 months. Incisions obtained stage Ⅰ healing, and there was no fracture fixation or shedding, wound infection, skin necrosis or other complications. The average healing time was 8.5 weeks without delayed healing. According to clinical grading scale of Böstman score system, the mean score was 27.9, included 27 cases of excel ent (81%), four cases of good (15%), one case of poor (4%), and the excel ent and good rate was 96%. The results suggest that cancel ous bone screw combined with nickel-titanium-patel ar concentrator internal fixation can maintain the advantages of traditional internal fixation method, and can avoid the disadvantages of the traditional internal fixation method.%  背景:目前

  10. Osseointegration of Titanium Implants in Onlay of Cerament™, a New Ceramic Bone Substitute

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    Anna Truedsson; Jian-Sheng Wang,; Pia Lindberg; Gunnar Warfvinge

    2016-01-01

    The purpose was to investigate whether a new biphasic and injectable ceramic bone substitute Cerament™ that rapidly remodels to bone, may contribute to the retention of titanium implant screws during the healing period, and to analyze the pattern of bone formation around titanium implants.Titanium screws were implanted in rat tibiae and embedded with or without Cerament™ on the cortical surface. Torsional resistance was measured after 1 day, and after 6 and 12 weeks. Implant areas without bon...

  11. Screw elastic intramedullary nail for the management of adult forearm fractures

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    Wasudeo Gadegone

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The failure of the conventional nailing of both forearm bones or isolated fractures of radius and ulna pose a potential problem of nail migration and rotational instability, despite the best reduction. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the results of screw elastic intramedullary nail for the treatment of adult diaphyseal fractures of both forearm bones, which effectively addresses the problems associated with the conventional nailing systems for the forearm fractures. Materials and Methods: Seventy-six adults with forearm fractures (radius and ulna or isolated fracture of the single bone were retrospectively evaluated. Fifty males and 26 females with the mean age of 38 years (range, 18-70 years underwent closed reduction and screw intramedullary nail fixation. Ten patients required limited open reduction. The fractures were classified according to the AO/OTA system. The average followup was 12 months (range, 6 to 18 months. Results: The mean surgical time was 45 minutes (35 to 65 minutes. The meantime to union was 14 weeks (10-21 weeks. The results were graded as excellent in 50, good in 18 patients, and acceptable in eight patients, using the criteria of Grace and Eversman. We had superficial infection in three cases, one case of delayed infection, painful bursa in two cases, delayed union in two cases, malunion with dislocation of the DRUJ in two cases, injury to the extensor tendon of the thumb in one case, and one case of incomplete radioulnar synostosis. Conclusion: Closed reduction and internal fixation of forearm fractures by screw intramedullary nails reestablishes the near normal relationship of the fractured fragments. Screw intramedullary nail effectively controls both rotatory forces and the migration of the nail. It produces excellent clinical results in isolated fractures of either bones, as well as both bones of the forearm in adults.

  12. 椎间打压植骨联合棘突椎板复合体回植内固定治疗退变性腰椎不稳症%LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION IMPACTED BONE GRAFTS COMBINED WITH REGRAFTING IN SITU WITH SPINOUS PROCESS AND VERTEBRAL PLATE COMPLEX AND PEDICLE SCREW FIXATION FOR LUMBAR DEGENERATIVE INSTABILITY

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    张超远; 孟祥翔; 秦晓彬; 付玉娟; 付鹏军

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of lumbar interbody fusion impacted bone grafts combined with regrafting in situ with spinous process and vertebral plate complex and pedicle screw fixation for lumbar degenerative instability. Methods Between January 1998 and October 2010, 48 patients with lumbar degenerative instability were treated by posterior decompression, lumbar interbody fusion impacted bone grafts combined with regrafting in situ with spinous process and vertebral plate complex and pedicle screw fixation. There were 26 males and 22 females, aged 52-76 years (mean, 62.4 years). The disease duration was 7 months to 25 years (mean, 6.5 years). One segmental instability was located at L3,4 in 1 case, at L4,5 in 10 cases, and at L5, S1 in 11 cases; multi-segmental instability was located at L3,4, L4,5, and L5, S1 in 5 cases, at L2,3 and L3,4 in 2 cases, at L3,4 and L4,5 in 10 cases, and at L4,5 and L5, S1 in 9 cases. Of 48 patients, 32 complicated by lumbar disc herniation, 46 by lumbar spinal stenosis, and 16 by degenerative scoliosis. The clinical results were evaluated by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score, recovery rate, disc height, and lumbar lordosis angles. Results The incisions obtained healing by first intention after operation. No nerve injury, rod or screw breakage, and infection occurred during and after operation. All 48 patients were followed up 1 to 6 years. The fusion time was 12-18 weeks (mean, 16.2 weeks). Vertebra slipping or degenerative scoliosis was corrected, and spinal column series became normal. At preoperation, 6 months after operation, and last follow-up, the disc heights were (5.2 ± 2.3), (11.9 ± 2.0), and (11.6 + 2.1) mm, respectively; the JOA scores were 3.2 + 2.1, 12.8 ± 1.6, and 13.6 + 1.2, respectively; and the lumbar lordosis angles were (-20.5 ± 10.5), (30.5 ± 8.5), and (31.2 + 5.6)°, respectively. The JOA scores, disc heights, and lumbar lordosis angles were significantly improved at 6 months after

  13. Efficacy of radial styloid targeting screws in volar plate fixation of intra-articular distal radial fractures: a biomechanical study in a cadaver fracture model

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    Yamashita Toshihiko

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The locking screws target the radial styloid, theoretically provide greater stability against radial styloid fragment. However, it is unknown whether the radial styloid locking screws increased the stability of the volar plating system fixation along the entire distal radius or not. In this study, we evaluated the stability of the volar plating system fixation with or without the radial styloid screws using a biomechanical study in a cadaver fracture model. Methods Six matched pairs of fresh-frozen human cadaver wrists complete from the proximal forearm to the metacarpal bones were prepared to simulate standardized 3-part intra-articular and severe comminuted fractures. Specimens were fixed using the volar plating system with or without 2 radial styloid screws. Each specimen was loaded at a constant rate of 20 mm/min to failure. Load data was recorded and, ultimate strength and change in gap between distal and proximal fragments were measured. Data for ultimate strength and screw failure after failure loading were compared between the 2 groups. Results The average ultimate strength at failure of the volar plate fixation with radial styloid screws (913.5 ± 157.1 N was significantly higher than that without them (682.2 ± 118.6 N. After failure loading, the average change in gap between the ulnar and proximal fragment was greater than that between the radial and proximal fragment. The number of bent or broken screws in ulnar fragment was higher than that in radial fragment. The number of specimens with bent or broken screws in cases with radial styloid screws was fewer than that in the fixation without radial styloid screws group. Conclusion The ulnar fragment is more intensively stressed than the radial fragment under axial loading of distal radius at full wrist extension. The radial styloid screws were effective in stable volar plate fixation of distal radial fractures.

  14. Screw-released roller brake

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    Vranish, John M. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A screw-released roller brake including an input drive assembly, an output drive assembly, a plurality of locking sprags, a mechanical tripper nut for unlocking the sprags, and a casing therefor. The sprags consist of three dimensional (3-D) sprag members having pairs of contact surface regions which engage respective pairs of contact surface regions included in angular grooves or slots formed in the casing and the output drive assembly. The sprags operate to lock the output drive assembly to the casing to prevent rotation thereof in an idle mode of operation. In a drive mode of operation, the tripper is either self actuated or motor driven and is translated linearly up and down against a spline and at the limit of its travel rotates the sprags which unlock while coupling the input drive assembly to the output drive assembly so as to impart a turning motion thereto in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

  15. New permanent magnet couplings for screwing devices

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    Quellec, L.; Lemarquand, V.; Lemarquand, G.

    1998-06-01

    The use of permanent magnet coaxial synchronous couplings in screwing devices allows one to adjust the screwing torque very precisely, but the symmetrical behavior of classical systems always leads to a partial unscrewing. This article shows that the dissymmetry of this behavior can be enhanced only by the modification of the shape of the magnets stuck on the rotors. The consideration of some basic geometrical parameters (number and length of poles) and the application of rules to reach the dissymmetry lead to improved couplings for screwing devices.

  16. A geometrical introduction to screw theory

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    This work introduces screw theory, a venerable but little known theory aimed at describing rigid body dynamics. This formulation of mechanics unifies in the concept of screw the translational and rotational degrees of freedom of the body. It captures a remarkable mathematical analogy between mechanical momenta and linear velocities, and between forces and angular velocities. For instance, it clarifies that angular velocities should be treated as applied vectors and that, under the composition of motions, they sum with the same rules of applied forces. This work provides a short and rigorous introduction to screw theory intended for an undergraduate and general readership. (paper)

  17. QWIX螺钉置入内固定修复髌骨骨折:骨折断端的持续动静态加压作用%QWIX screw fixation in repair of patellar fractures:continuous dynamic and static pressure in the broken ends of the bones

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    刘杰; 高仕长; 梁安霖

    2014-01-01

    remaining patients. In accordance with Bostman score, there were excellent in 27 cases, good in 3 cases, and poor in 0 case, with an excellent and good rate of 100%at 1 year fol owing surgery. Results data suggested that QWIX screws combined with Kirschner wire and wire fixation in repair of patel ar fracture have some advantages such as continuous dynamic and static pressure at the broken ends of the bones, early flexion and extension exercises, and reducing the fixation-related complications. It is an effective method to repair patel ar fracture.

  18. 骨水泥填塞动力髋螺钉主钉孔:抗弯曲和抗扭转强度%Dynamic hip screw hole filled by bone cement: Anti-flexion and anti-torsion strength

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    郑海; 李神; 郭艳龙

    2010-01-01

    目的:评价髋关节后侧入路加骨水泥填塞后内侧支撑植骨治疗转子间骨折的临床效果.方法:应用计算机检索Science Direct数据库、Ei数据库1960-01/2009-10期间的相关文章,检索词为"bone cement,Intertrochanteric fracture",并限定文章语言种类为English.同时计算机检索中国期刊全文数据库、中国生物医学文献数据库等1994-01/2009-10期间的相关文章,检索词为"转子间骨折,髋内翻,髋关节后侧入路,主钉孔植入骨水泥",并限定文章语言种类为中文.此外还手工查阅相关专著数部.纳入有关股骨转子间骨折治疗方式研究,骨水泥治疗股骨转子间骨折的基础与临床实验.结果:股骨转子间骨折手术治疗方法都为外侧或前侧入路行动力髋钢板系统、动力髋螺钉、股骨近端髓内钉常规内固定.动力髋螺钉是治疗股骨转子间骨折的标准内固定,具有较强的抗旋转功能,符合生物力学要求.但螺钉松动、拔出和断裂等并发症发生率较高.采用骨水泥强化松质骨钉道后,骨水泥强化不仅增加螺钉把持力,有利于尾钉加压;同时也扩大了骨.钉接触界面,应力被分散传递至更大的钉-骨界面区域,明显提高动力髋螺钉固定的抗弯曲和抗扭转强度,整体提高骨折稳定性.骨水泥的强化机制在于通过充填于骨小梁闯隙与周围松质骨微观交锁,形成松质骨-骨水泥-螺钉的整体结构.结论:使用骨水泥填塞动力髋螺钉,可明显增强动力髋螺钉固定的抗弯曲和抗扭转强度,整体提高骨折稳定性.

  19. Improved extraction torque of hydroxyapatite-coated pedicle screws

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    Sandén, B.; Olerud, Claes; JOHANSSON, CARINA; Larsson, Sune

    2000-01-01

    Loosening of the screws is a problem in instrumentation with pedicle screws. Coating with hydroxyapatite improves the holding characteristics for metal implants, but the possible effects on the anchorage of pedicle screws have not been described. In this study, seven patients were operated on with spinal instrumentation using four stainless steel pedicle screws. Hydroxyapatite-coated screws were used in either the upper or the lower of the instrumented levels. The insertion torque was measure...

  20. Fixation of femoral capital physeal fractures with 7.0 mm cannulated screws in five bulls

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    Salter-Harris type I fractures of the femoral capital physis were repaired in five Holstein bulls with three 7.0 mm cannulated screws placed in lag fashion. Radiographically at months 7 to 10, the fractures were healed and there was periarticular bone production on the femoral necks and the dorsal acetabular rims. Four bulls had normal gaits, and one bull had muscle atrophy and barely detectable lameness

  1. Twin Screw Mixer/Fine Grind Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The 40-mm Twin-Screw Mixer/Extruder (TSE) pilot plant is a continuous, remotely operated, flexible facility that can significantly enhance safety and environmental...

  2. Comparative endurance testing of the Biomet Matthews Nail and the Dynamic Compression Screw, in simulated condylar and supracondylar femoral fractures

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    Davies Benjamin M

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The dynamic compression screw is a plate and screws implant used to treat fractures of the distal femur. The Biomet Matthews Nail is a new retrograde intramedullary nail designed as an alternative surgical option to treat these fractures. The objective of this study was to assess the comparative endurance of both devices. Method The dynamic compression screw (DCS and Biomet Matthews Nail (BMN were implanted into composite femurs, which were subsequently cyclically loaded using a materials testing machine. Simulated fractures were applied to each femur prior to the application of load. Either a Y type fracture or a transverse osteotomy was prepared on each composite femur using a jig to enable consistent positioning of cuts. Results The Biomet Matthews Nail demonstrated a greater endurance limit load over the dynamic compression screw in both fracture configurations. Conclusion The distal locking screws pass through the Biomet Matthews Nail in a unique "cruciate" orientation. This allows for greater purchase in the bone of the femoral condyle and potentially improves the stability of the fracture fixation. As these fractures are usually in weak osteoporotic bone, the Biomet Matthews Nail represents a favourable surgical option in these patients.

  3. Contribution to the study of screw dislocations

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    The aim of this work is to study the germination, growth and properties of screw dislocations. In the introduction (first chapter), we describe briefly the main experimental results obtained by various authors (observations of screws by Amelinckx and Bontinck in ionic crystals, by Dash in silicon crystals and by Thomas and Whelan in aluminium based alloys). We then make a few considerations concerning characteristic geometry of screws and the various methods used for calculating the energy of a dislocation. In the second chapter we study the problems involving only slip of the screw around its cylinder. We calculate the equilibrium step as a function of the forces acting on the extremities. We determine the critical stress required to disrupt the screw and study the interactions between the screw and other dislocations of the lattice. In the third chapter we consider the problem of the stability when the dislocation can climb by absorption or emission of vacancies. We study separately the stability of the size which only involves volume diffusion and the stability of the shape which depends only on the rearrangement of the vacancies along the dislocation. In chapter four we put forward a germination model for the screws: since the vacancies are not absorbed by the screw dislocations, they form clusters which take up a spiral form. The formation of these spirals is studied from the geometrical point of view in face-centered cubic systems. In chapter five we make use of the results obtained in chapters two and three for studying the growth of the spirals. (author)

  4. Biofilm formation on titanium alloy and anatase-Bactercline® coated titanium healing screws: an in vivo human study

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    Antonio Scarano

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim Bacterial adherence to implants is considered to be an important event in the pathogenesis of bacterial infections. In fact, this infection process is a first stage of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis, and a positive correlation has been found between oral hygiene and marginal bone loss around implants in the edentulous mandible. Surface properties of transgingival implant components are important determinants in bacterial adhesion. The purpose of this study was to characterize the biofilm formation, in vivo, on healing screws made of titanium alloy or coated with a combination of anatase and Bactercline® product. Materials and methods Twenty-five patients, between 21- 37 years, in excellent systemic health, participated in this study. In each of the 25 participants, one anatase-Bactercline® coated healing screw (Test and one titanium alloy (TI6Al4V healing screw (Control were adapted to two different implants. Quantitative and qualitative biofilm formation on healing abutments was analyzed by culture method.Results Bacterial adherence to the two different healing screws used in this study were compared. Statistically significant differences were found between the Control and the Test group for both aerobic and anaerobic bacterial counts (p<0,05. The microflora consisted both of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and displayed a high variability. The anaerobic S. intermedius, potentially “pathogenic”, was isolated only from the Control group. Both healing screws harbored primarily Gram-positive rods as Actinomyces spp, A. naeslundii, A. viscosus and the Gram-negative rods (Fusobacterium spp, Prevotella spp, Capnocythophaga spp were mostly found on the Control healing screws.Conclusion Anatase-Bactercline® coated healing screws reduce the number of initially adhering bacteria, formed mainly of Gram-positive microorgnisms, while, on the contrary, the microflora covering the titanium alloy healing screws was, for the

  5. Screw vs cement-implant-retained restorations: an experimental study in the beagle. Part 2. Immunohistochemical evaluation of the peri-implant tissues.

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    Assenza, Bartolomeo; Artese, Luciano; Scarano, Antonio; Rubini, Corrado; Perrotti, Vittoria; Piattelli, Maurizio; Thams, Ulf; San Roman, Fidel; Piccirilli, Marcello; Piattelli, Adriano

    2006-01-01

    Crestal bone loss has been reported to occur around dental implants. Even if the causes of this bone loss are not completely understood, the presence of a microgap between implant and abutment with a possible contamination of the internal portion of the implants has been suggested. The aim of this study was to see if there were differences in the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, microvessel density (MVD), proliferative activity (MIB-1), and inflammatory infiltrate in the soft tissues around implants with screwed and cemented abutments. Sandblasted and acid-etched implants were inserted in the mandibles of 6 Beagle dogs. Ten 3.5- x 10-mm root-form implants were inserted in each mandible. A total of 60 implants (30 with screwed abutments and 30 with cemented abutments) were used. After 12 months, all the bridges were removed and all abutments were checked for mobility. A total of 8 loosened screws (27%) were found in the screwed abutments, whereas no loosening was observed in cemented abutments. A gingival biopsy was performed in 8 implants with cemented abutments, in 8 implants with screwed abutments, and in 8 implants with unscrewed abutments. No statistically significant differences were found in the inflammatory infiltrate and in the MIB-1 among the different groups. No statistically significant difference was found in the MVD between screwed and cemented abutments (P = .2111), whereas there was a statistically significant difference in MVD between screwed and unscrewed abutments (P = .0277) and between cemented and unscrewed abutments (P = .0431). A low intensity of VEGF was prevalent in screwed and in cemented abutments, whereas a high intensity of VEGF was prevalent in unscrewed abutments. These facts could be explained by the effects induced, in the abutments that underwent a screw loosening, by the presence of bacteria inside the hollow portion of the implants or by enhanced reparative processes. PMID:16526575

  6. Significantly lower femoral neck growth in screw fixation of the asymptomatic contralateral hip in unilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

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    Wölfle-Roos, Julia V; Urlaub, Stefanie; Reichel, Heiko; Taurman, Rita

    2016-05-01

    There is an ongoing debate on which fixation technique should be preferred for the prophylactic fixation of the asymptomatic contralateral hip in slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). In the case of Kirschner-wire (K-wire) fixation, there is a possibility of secondary loss of fixation because of longitudinal growth of the physis, whereas in screw fixation, physeal growth of the femoral neck might be impaired. The aim of this matched-pair study was to compare the longitudinal growth of the femoral neck in screw fixation versus K-wire fixation of the asymptomatic contralateral hip in SCFE. All 18 patients (female : male=3 : 15), who had undergone screw fixation of the asymptomatic contralateral hip between 9/2001 and 9/2011, were matched according to age, bone age, sex, and time to follow-up to another 18 patients with K-wire fixation. The length of the femoral neck of the contralateral hip was measured in parallel to either screw or K-wire from the apex of the femoral head to the opposite cortical bone. The ratio of the femoral neck length measured directly after surgery and on follow-up was defined as femoral neck growth. There was no significant difference between groups with respect to age, modified Oxford Bone age score, and time to follow-up. We found a significant difference in femoral neck growth between patients with screw fixation (5.5±4.3%) compared with K-wire fixation (8.9±5.7%, P=0.048 matched Wilcoxon test). The difference in femoral neck growth of patients with K-wire or screw fixation of the contralateral asymptomatic hip in SCFE was small, but statistically significant. Thus, despite high rates of secondary loss of fixation, K-wire fixation should still be considered, especially in very young patients. PMID:26919622

  7. Can experimental data in humans verify the finite element-based bone remodeling algorithm?

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    Wong, C.; Gehrchen, P.M.; Kiaer, T.

    2008-01-01

    spine operated on with pedicle screws between L4 and L5. The stress shielding effect was also examined. The bone remodeling results were compared with prospective bone mineral content measurements of 4 patients. They were measured after surgery, 3-, 6- and 12-months postoperatively. RESULTS: After 1......STUDY DESIGN: A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws. OBJECTIVE: The......, in the human spine, the bone remodeling algorithms have neither been evaluated experimentally nor been examined by comparing to unsystematic experimental data. METHODS: The site-specific and nonsite-specific iterative bone remodeling algorithms were applied to a finite element model of the lumbar...

  8. Ball Screw Actuator Including a Stop with an Integral Guide

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    Wingett, Paul T. (Inventor); Perek, John (Inventor); Geck, Kellan (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    An actuator includes a housing assembly, a ball nut, a ball screw, and a ball screw stop. The ball nut is rotationally mounted in the housing assembly, is adapted to receive an input torque, and is configured, upon receipt thereof, to rotate and supply a drive force. The ball screw is mounted within the housing assembly and extends through the ball nut. The ball screw has a first end and a second end, and is coupled to receive the drive force from the ball nut. The ball screw is configured, upon receipt of the drive force, to selectively translate between a stow position and a deploy position. The ball screw stop is mounted on the ball screw to translate therewith and is configured to at selectively engage the housing assembly while the ball screw is translating, and engage the ball nut when the ball screw is in the deploy position.

  9. Design and biomechanical study of a modified pedicle screw

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    LIU Tao; ZHENG Wen-jie; LI Chang-qing; LIU Guo-dong; ZHOU Yue

    2010-01-01

    Objective: In pedicle screw fixation,the heads of monoaxial screws need to be directed in the same straight line to accommodate the rod placement by backing out during operation, which decreases the insertional torque and internal fixation strength. While polyaxial screws facilitate the assembly of the connecting rod, but its ball-in-cup locking mechanism reduces the static compressive bending yield strength as compared with monoaxial screws. Our study aimed to assess the mechanical performance of a modified pedicle screw.Methods: In this study, the tail of the screw body of the modified pedicle screw was designed to be a cylindershaped structure that well matched the inner wall of the screw head and the screw head only rotated around the cyclinder. Monoaxial screws, modified screws and polyaxial screws were respectively assembled into 3 groups ofvertebrectomy models simulated by ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) blocks. This model was developed according to a standard for destructive mechanical testing published by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM F1717-04). Each screw design had 6 subgroups, including 3 for static tension, load compression and torsion tests, and the rest for dynamic compression tests. In dynamic tests, the cyclic loads were 25%, 50%, and 75% of the compressive bending ultimate loads respectively.Yield load, yield ultimate load, yield stiffness, torsional stiffness, cycles to failure and modes of failure for the 3 types of screws were recorded. The results of modified screws were compared with those ofmonoaxial and polyaxial screws.Results: In static tests, results of bending stiffness,yield load, yield torque and torsional stiffness indicated no significant differences between the modified and monoaxial screws (P>0.05), but both differed significantly from those ofpolyaxial screws (P<0.05). In dynamic compression tests,both modified and monoaxial screws showed failures that occurred at the insertion point of screw

  10. Screwing and holding device for lock nuts, especially for screwed joints of reactor pressure vessels

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    A screwing and holding device for lock nuts of reactor pressure vessels is described which can be remote-controlled and will apply the forces required to unscrew the nuts. In addition, it allows unscrewing, tranporting to and from the place and screwing on again of the nuts within shorter time then all similar devices known until now. (RW)

  11. Screw fixation to the posterior cortical shell does not influence peak torque and pullout in anterior cervical plating

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    Pitzen, T.; Barbier, D.; Tintinger, F.; Steudel, W; Strowitzki, M.

    2002-01-01

    There is no consensus over whether screw fixation for anterior cervical plating should include the posterior cortical shell of the vertebral bodies or not. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the function of the posterior cortical shell with respect to maximal screw torque and pullout force. Twenty-four fresh frozen human cervical vertebrae coming from six spinal segments C4–C7 were used. They were scanned for bone mineral density (BMD) and then assigned to two groups with comp...

  12. In vitro comparison of resistance to implant failure in unstable trochanteric fractures fixed with intramedullary single screw versus double screw device

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    Amit Rastogi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to compare the resistance of intramedullary single screw device (Gamma nail and double screw device proximal femoral nail (PFN in unstable trochanteric fractures in terms of the number of cycles sustained, subsidence and implant failure in an axial loading test in cadaveric femora. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 18 dry cadaveric femoral specimens, 9 of these were implanted with a Gamma nail and 9 with PFN. There was no significant difference found in average dual energy X-ray absorptiometry value between both groups. The construct was made unstable (AO type 31A3.3 by removing a standard sized posteromedial wedge. These were tested on a cyclic physiological loading machine at 1 cycle/s with a load of 200 kg. The test was observed for 50,000 loading cycles or until implant failure, whichever occurred earlier. Peak displacements were measured and analysis was done to determine construct stiffness and gap micromotion in axial loading. Result: It was observed that there was statistically significant difference in terms of displacement at the fracture gap and overall construct stiffness of specimens of both groups. PFN construct group showed a mean subsidence of 1.02 mm and Gamma nail construct group showed mean subsidence of 2.36 mm after cycling. The average stiffness of Gamma nail group was 62.8 ΁ 8.4 N/mm which was significantly lower than average stiffness of the PFN group (80.4 ΁ 5.9 N/mm ( P = 0.03. In fatigue testing, 1 out of 9 PFN bone construct failed, while 5 of 9 Gamma nail bone construct failed. Conclusion: When considering micromotion (subsidence and incidence of implant/screw failure, double screw device (PFN had statistically significant lower micromotion across the fracture gap with axial compression and lower incidence of implant failure. Hence, double screw device (PFN construct had higher stability compared to single screw device (GN in an unstable trochanteric

  13. Adhesive bone bonding prospects for lithium disilicate ceramic implants

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    Vennila Thirugnanam, Sakthi Kumar

    Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) implants articulating mandible with temporal bone in humans have a very high failure rate. Metallic TMJ implants available in the medical market are not osseointegrated, but bond only by mechanical interlocking using screws which may fail, mandating a second surgery for removal. Stress concentration around fixture screws leads to aseptic loosening or fracture of the bone. It has been proposed that this problem can be overcome by using an all-ceramic TMJ implant bonded to bone with dental adhesives. Structural ceramics are promising materials with an excellent track record in the field of dentis.

  14. Standard Waste Box Lid Screw Removal Option Testing

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    This report provides results from test work conducted to resolve the removal of screws securing the standard waste box (SWB) lids that hold the remediated nitrate salt (RNS) drums. The test work evaluated equipment and process alternatives for removing the 42 screws that hold the SWB lid in place. The screws were secured with a red Loctite thread locker that makes removal very difficult because the rivets that the screw threads into would slip before the screw could be freed from the rivet, making it impossible to remove the screw and therefore the SWB lid.

  15. Standard Waste Box Lid Screw Removal Option Testing

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    Anast, Kurt Roy [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-11

    This report provides results from test work conducted to resolve the removal of screws securing the standard waste box (SWB) lids that hold the remediated nitrate salt (RNS) drums. The test work evaluated equipment and process alternatives for removing the 42 screws that hold the SWB lid in place. The screws were secured with a red Loctite thread locker that makes removal very difficult because the rivets that the screw threads into would slip before the screw could be freed from the rivet, making it impossible to remove the screw and therefore the SWB lid.

  16. Internal fixation with headless compression screws and back buttress plate for treatment of old Hoffa fracture

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    Min Li

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the early clinical and radiographic outcomes of Hoffa fractures treated by a standard protocol of open reduction and internal fixation using headless compression screws combined with back buttress plate in a consecutive series of 8 Chinese patients. Methods: Open reduction and internal fixation was performed on all patients. The fractures were anatomically reduced and held temporarily by K-wire. If the ends of fractures were atrophic, autologous bone graft from the ipsilateral iliac crest was packed between the ends. Then the fracture fragments were fixed with AO 6.5 mm headless compression cannulated screws. At least two screws were used to provide rotational stability. One pre-contoured reconstruction plate was placed on the nonarticular surface posteromedially or posterolaterally as back buttress plate. Results: All the patients were followed up for at least 12 months (range 12-25 months. All fractures achieved anatomical reduction and healed clinically and radiographically. At recent follow-up, the mean flexion degree was 120.6° (range 110°-135° and the mean extension degree was 2.5° (range 0°-5°. The average visual analogue scale score was 1.6 points (range 0-3. Six patients were assessed as excellent and 2 as good according to the hospital for special surgery knee score system. There were no superficial or deep infections, or hardware breakages. No patient had giving way or locking of the knee, though some had intermittent pain and swelling after strenuous exercise. Injury mechanism had significant influence on the functional outcome (P=0.046.Conclusion: Headless compression screws combined with back buttress plate and/or autologous bone grafting to treat old Hoffa fracture is one of effective measures. It would be conducive to not only fracture healing but also early exercise and functional recovery. Key words: Fractures, bone; Fracture fixation, internal; Intra-articular fractures

  17. Transpedicular screw fixation in the thoracic and lumbar spine with a novel cannulated polyaxial screw system

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    Lutz Weise

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Lutz Weise, Olaf Suess, Thomas Picht, Theodoros KombosNeurochirurgische Klinik, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, GermanyObjective: Transpedicular screws are commonly and successfully used for posterior fixation in spinal instability, but their insertion remains challenging. Even using navigation techniques, there is a misplacement rate of up to 11%. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of a novel pedicle screw system.Methods: Thoracic and lumbar fusions were performed on 67 consecutive patients for tumor, trauma, degenerative disease or infection. A total of 326 pedicular screws were placed using a novel wire-guided, cannulated, polyaxial screw system (XIA Precision®, Stryker. The accuracy of placement was assessed post operatively by CT scan, and the patients were followed-up clinically for a mean of 16 months.Results: The total medio-caudal pedicle wall perforation rate was 9.2% (30/326. In 19 of these 30 cases a cortical breakthrough of less than 2 mm occurred. The misplacement rate (defined as a perforation of 2 mm or more was 3.37% (11/326. Three of these 11 screws needed surgical revision due to neurological symptoms or CSF leakage. There have been no screw breakages or dislocations over the follow up-period.Conclusion: We conclude that the use of this cannulated screw system for the placement of pedicle screws in the thoracic and lumbar spine is accurate and safe. The advantages of this technique include easy handling without a time-consuming set up. Considering the incidence of long-term screw breakage, further investigation with a longer follow-up period is necessary.Keywords: spinal instrumentation, pedicle screws, misplacement, pedicle wall perforation

  18. Favorable outcome of a total hip arthroplasty with insufficient bone coverage of the roof reinforcement ring

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    Fernando M. Judas

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: This result can be supported by the good fixation of the metal ring to the pelvis with screws, the adequate orientation of both components of the total hip arthroplasty, and the bone graft incorporation.

  19. 增加椎弓根螺钉稳定性的方法与技术研究进展%Research progress in stability of pedicle screw

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    周子红; 程立; 殷渠东

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pedicle screw which passes through the three columns and has three-dimensional correction function, which has quickly become the standard posterior spinal internal fixation But loss of correction and screw loosening often occurs in patients with osteoporosis, or screw has less stability in revision surgery and re-adjust of screw position.OBJECTIVE: To summarize and analyze the stability of pedicle screw, to introduce the methods of improving the stability of pedicle screw and its clinical applications.METHODS: A computer-based online search of PubMed database, CNKI database, VIP database was performed for related articles published between 1990 and 2010 with key words "bone nails, osteoporosis, revision, pedicle screw, stability" in English and Chinese.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The focus on increasing stability of pedicle screw is to increase screw withdrawal resistance Screw augmented with bone cement or replaced with thicker, longer screws or special screws (hollow screw and expandable screw hole) can lead to increase in the absolute value of screw stability Screws in the upper and the lower, the left and the right side with different connectors, different directions of placement will affect the stability of the entire device of pedicle screw, which is the change in the relative value of screw stability Other methods are those such as improving structure of fixator, and adding with bone in screw-path, etc Various methods have advantages and disadvantages, clinical application should be based on different situations to choose specific methods In general for Osteoporosis below grade n (Jikei grade), using thicker and longer screws,horizontal connection device and screws with stiff connection with rod At the same time, screws in left and right, upper and down side placed with larger angle to increase the stability of pedicle screw is a safe and convenient way, for Osteoporosis grade Ⅱ or more , more reliable screw augmented method with bone cement or

  20. Bone tumor

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    Tumor - bone; Bone cancer; Primary bone tumor; Secondary bone tumor ... The cause of bone tumors is unknown. They often occur in areas of the bone that grow rapidly. Possible causes include: Genetic defects ...

  1. Bone Grafts

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    A bone graft transplants bone tissue. Surgeons use bone grafts to repair and rebuild diseased bones in your hips, knees, spine, and sometimes other bones and joints. Grafts can also repair bone loss caused by some ...

  2. Basic Study for Ultrasound-Based Navigation for Pedicle Screw Insertion Using Transmission and Backscattered Methods

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    Chen, Ziqiang; Wu, Bing; Zhai, Xiao; Bai, Yushu; Zhu, Xiaodong; Luo, Beier; Chen, Xiao; Li, Chao; Yang, Mingyuan; Xu, Kailiang; Liu, Chengcheng; Wang, Chuanfeng; Zhao, Yingchuan; Wei, Xianzhao; Chen, Kai; Yang, Wu; Ta, Dean; Li, Ming

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to understand the acoustic properties of human vertebral cancellous bone and to study the feasibility of ultrasound-based navigation for posterior pedicle screw fixation in spinal fusion surgery. Fourteen human vertebral specimens were disarticulated from seven un-embalmed cadavers (four males, three females, 73.14 ± 9.87 years, two specimens from each cadaver). Seven specimens were used to measure the transmission, including tests of attenuation and phase velocity, while the other seven specimens were used for backscattered measurements to inspect the depth of penetration and A-Mode signals. Five pairs of unfocused broadband ultrasonic transducers were used for the detection, with center frequencies of 0.5 MHz, 1 MHz, 1.5 MHz, 2.25 MHz, and 3.5 MHz. As a result, good and stable results were documented. With increased frequency, the attenuation increased (P0.05). At about 0.6 cm away from the cortical bone, warning signals were easily observed from the backscattered measurements. In conclusion, the ultrasonic system proved to be an effective, moveable, and real-time imaging navigation system. However, how ultrasonic navigation will benefit pedicle screw insertion in spinal surgery needs to be determined. Therefore, ultrasound-guided pedicle screw implantation is theoretically effective and promising. PMID:25861053

  3. Magnetic resonance imaging of poly-L-lactic acid interference screws after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    This study investigated the reaction around the poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) interference screws implanted for graft fixation in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Twenty-two patients (four males and 18 females, average age 28 years old) followed for more than six months after ACL reconstruction using bone patellar tendon bone graft were evaluated. The average duration of follow up was 14 months. PLLA interference screws were used for graft fixation. MRI scans were performed in all patients. Clinical results were good. Lysholm score was 95 points on average, and Lachman test was (-) in 15 cases, (±) in five cases, (+) in two cases. On MRI scans, three patients showed wide high signal intensity around the PLLA screws. In the three patients the mean Lysholm score was 93 points, two patients showed negative Lachman test, and one showed (+). We could not detect any relation between clinical results and the high signal area on MRI in this study. (author)

  4. Screw expander for light duty diesel engines

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    1983-01-01

    Preliminary selection and sizing of a positive displacement screw compressor-expander subsystem for a light-duty adiabatic diesel engine; development of a mathematical model to describe overall efficiencies for the screw compressor and expander; simulation of operation to establish overall efficiency for a range of design parameters and at given engine operating points; simulation to establish potential net power output at light-duty diesel operating points; analytical determination of mass moments of inertia for the rotors and inertia of the compressor-expander subsystem; and preparation of engineering layout drawings of the compressor and expander are discussed. As a result of this work, it was concluded that the screw compressor and expander designed for light-duty diesel engine applications are viable alternatives to turbo-compound systems, with acceptable efficiencies for both units, and only a moderate effect on the transient response.

  5. Low energy high pressure miniature screw valve

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    Fischer, Gary J.; Spletzer, Barry L.

    2006-12-12

    A low energy high pressure screw valve having a valve body having an upper portion and a lower portion, said lower portion of said valve body defining an inlet flow passage and an outlet flow passage traversing said valve body to a valve seat, said upper portion of said valve body defining a cavity at said valve seat, a diaphragm restricting flow between said upper portion of said valve body and said lower portion, said diaphragm capable of engaging said valve seat to restrict fluid communication between said inlet passage and said outlet passage, a plunger within said cavity supporting said diaphragm, said plunger being capable of engaging said diaphragm with said valve seat at said inlet and outlet fluid passages, said plunger being in point contact with a drive screw having threads engaged with opposing threads within said upper portion of said valve body such engagement allowing motion of said drive screw within said valve body.

  6. Biomass granular screw feeding: An experimental investigation

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    Dai, Jianjun; Grace, John R. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6 T 1Z3 (Canada)

    2011-02-15

    Successful feeding is critical to biomass utilization processes, but difficult due to the heterogeneity, physical properties and moisture content of the particles. The objectives of the present study were to find the mechanisms of blockage in screw feeding and to determine the effects of particle mean size (0.5-15 mm), size distribution, shape, moisture content (10-60%), density and compressibility on biomass particle feeding at room temperature. Wood pellets, sawdust, hog fuel and wood shavings were tested in a screw feeder/lock hopper system previously employed to feed sawdust into a pilot-scale circulating fluidized-bed gasifier. Experimental results showed that large particles, wide size distributions, large bulk densities and high moisture contents generally led to larger torque requirements for screw feeding. The ''choke section'' and seal plug play important roles in determining the torque requirements. (author)

  7. Insertion torques influenced by bone density and surface roughness of HA–TiO2 coatings

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    Bio-ceramic TiO2 coatings containing calcium (Ca) and phosphorous (P) were deposited onto Ti–6Al–4V alloy screws using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) processes in an alkaline electrolyte with hydroxyapatite (HA) suspension. Coating on each screw had different surface roughness and morphology. Insertion torque (IT) of the coated screws in low (10 pcf, pounds per cubic feet), medium–high (20 pcf), and high (40 pcf) density of artificial bones was measured in comparison with that of the uncoated and sandblasted screws having similar surface roughness. Higher insertion torques and final seating torques were obtained in the coated screws which may result in less micro-movement during the primary implantation stage and thus lower the risk of implant failure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis indicated that all coatings still adhesively remained on the screw surfaces after inserted into the bones with different densities. The relationship between coefficient of friction and surface roughness was also addressed to better understand the results of insertion torque. It was found that a lower density bone (similar to aged bone) would need a surface-rougher coated screw to achieve a high torque while a high density bone can have a wide range of selections for surface roughness of the screw. - Highlights: • The insertion torque of PEO-coated screws is higher than machined and sandblasting implants. • Lower density bone needs a rougher coated implant to increase the insertion torque. • The composite HA–TiO2 coating could benefit dental implants in both primary and secondary stability stages

  8. Biomechanical evaluation of an expansive pedicle screw in calf vertebrae

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    Lei, Wei; Wu, Zixiang

    2005-01-01

    The main objective of the present study is to evaluate biomechanically a newly designed expansive pedicle screw (EPS) using fresh pedicles from calf lumber vertebrae in comparison with conventional pedicle screws, (CDH) CD Horizon, Universal Spine System pedicle screw (USS) and Tenor (Sofamor Denek). Pull-out and turning-back tests were performed on these pedicle screws to compare their holding strength. Additionally, revision tests were undertaken to evaluate the mechanical properties of EPS...

  9. Assessment of preload in carbon coated prosthetic screws

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    Dilcele Silva Moreira Dziedzic; Juliane Nhata; Vanessa Helena Jamcoski; Maurício Dziedzic

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The mechanical aspects of tightening screws over implants are important to ensure a successful prosthetic rehabilitation. Screw loosening is a common problem that can be avoided with passive adaptation of the components and an increased tensile force developed in the screw, a preload. Objective: This in vitro study evaluated the effect on preload of a carbon lubricant deposited on the surface of titanium alloy prosthetic screws: conventional Ti6Al4V and surface enhanced. Materia...

  10. Biopolymer augmentation of the lag screw in the treatment of femoral neck fractures - a biomechanical in-vitro study

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    Paech A

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The cut-out of the sliding screw is one of the most common complications in the treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. The reasons for the cut-out are: a suboptimal position of the hip-screw in the femoral head, the type of fracture and poor bone quality. The aim of this study was to reproduce the cut-out event biomechanically and to evaluate the possible prevention of this event by the use of a biopolymer augmentation of the hip screw. Concerning the density and compression force of osteoporotic femoral bone polyurethane foam according to the terms of the Association for Standard Testing Material (ASTMF 1839-97 was used as test material. The polyurethane foam Lumoltan 200 with a compression force of 3.3 Mpa and a density of 0.192 g/cm3 was used to reproduce the osteoporotic bone of the femoral fragment (density 12 lbm/ft3. A cylinder of 50 mm of length and 50 mm of width was produced by a rotary splint raising procedure with planar contact. The axial load of the system was performed by a hydraulic force cylinder of a universal test machine type Zwick 1455, Ulm, Germany. The CCD-angle of the used TGN-System was preset at 130 degrees. The migration pattern of the hip screw in the polyurethane foam was measured and expressed as a curve of the distance in millimeter [mm] against the applied load in Newton [N] up to the cut-out point. During the tests the implants reached a critical changing point from stable to unstable with an increased load progression of steps of 50 Newton. This unstable point was characterized by an increased migration speed in millimeters and higher descending gradient in the migration curve. This peak of the migration curve served as an indicator for the change of the hip screw position in the simulated bone material. The applied load in the non-augmented implant showed that in this group for a density degree of 12 (0,192 g/cm3 the mean force at the failure point was 1431 Newton (± 52 Newton. In the augmented

  11. Biopolymer augmentation of the lag screw in the treatment of femoral neck fractures--a biomechanical in-vitro study.

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    Paech, A; Wilde, E; Schulz, A P; Heinrichs, G; Wendlandt, R; Queitsch, C; Kienast, B; Jürgens, Ch

    2010-04-01

    The cut-out of the sliding screw is one of the most common complications in the treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. The reasons for the cut-out are: a suboptimal position of the hip-screw in the femoral head, the type of fracture and poor bone quality. The aim of this study was to reproduce the cut-out event biomechanically and to evaluate the possible prevention of this event by the use of a biopolymer augmentation of the hip screw. Concerning the density and compression force of osteoporotic femoral bone polyurethane foam according to the terms of the Association for Standard Testing Material (ASTMF 1839-97) was used as test material. The polyurethane foam Lumoltan 200 with a compression force of 3.3 Mpa and a density of 0.192 g/cm(3) was used to reproduce the osteoporotic bone of the femoral fragment (density 12 lbm/ft(3)). A cylinder of 50 mm of length and 50 mm of width was produced by a rotary splint raising procedure with planar contact. The axial load of the system was performed by a hydraulic force cylinder of a universal test machine type Zwick 1455, Ulm, Germany. The CCD-angle of the used TGN-System was preset at 130 degrees. The migration pattern of the hip screw in the polyurethane foam was measured and expressed as a curve of the distance in millimeter (mm) against the applied load in Newton (N) up to the cut-out point. During the tests the implants reached a critical changing point from stable to unstable with an increased load progression of steps of 50 Newton. This unstable point was characterized by an increased migration speed in millimeters and higher descending gradient in the migration curve. This peak of the migration curve served as an indicator for the change of the hip screw position in the simulated bone material. The applied load in the non-augmented implant showed that in this group for a density degree of 12 (0,192 g/cm(3)) the mean force at the failure point was 1431 Newton (+/- 52 Newton). In the augmented implant we found that

  12. A New Electromagnetic Navigation System for Pedicle Screws Placement: A Human Cadaver Study at the Lumbar Spine

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    Hahn, Patrick; Oezdemir, Semih; Komp, Martin; Giannakopoulos, Athanasios; Heikenfeld, Roderich; Kasch, Richard; Merk, Harry; Godolias, Georgios; Ruetten, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Technical developments for improving the safety and accuracy of pedicle screw placement play an increasingly important role in spine surgery. In addition to the standard techniques of free-hand placement and fluoroscopic navigation, the rate of complications is reduced by 3D fluoroscopy, cone-beam CT, intraoperative CT/MRI, and various other navigation techniques. Another important aspect that should be emphasized is the reduction of intraoperative radiation exposure for personnel and patient. The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of a new navigation system for the spine based on an electromagnetic field. Material and Method Twenty pedicle screws were placed in the lumbar spine of human cadavers using EMF navigation. Navigation was based on data from a preoperative thin-slice CT scan. The cadavers were positioned on a special field generator and the system was matched using a patient tracker on the spinous process. Navigation was conducted using especially developed instruments that can be tracked in the electromagnetic field. Another thin-slice CT scan was made postoperatively to assess the result. The evaluation included the position of the screws in the direction of trajectory and any injury to the surrounding cortical bone. The results were classified in 5 groups: grade 1: ideal screw position in the center of the pedicle with no cortical bone injury; grade 2: acceptable screw position, cortical bone injury with cortical penetration ≤ 2 mm; grade 3: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration 2,1-4 mm, grad 4: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration 4,1-6 mm, grade 5: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration >6 mm. Results The initial evaluation of the system showed good accuracy for the lumbar spine (65% grade 1, 20% grade 2, 15% grade 3, 0% grade 4, 0% grade 5). A comparison of the initial results with other navigation techniques in literature (CT navigation, 2D fluoroscopic navigation) shows that the accuracy of

  13. A New Electromagnetic Navigation System for Pedicle Screws Placement: A Human Cadaver Study at the Lumbar Spine.

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    Patrick Hahn

    Full Text Available Technical developments for improving the safety and accuracy of pedicle screw placement play an increasingly important role in spine surgery. In addition to the standard techniques of free-hand placement and fluoroscopic navigation, the rate of complications is reduced by 3D fluoroscopy, cone-beam CT, intraoperative CT/MRI, and various other navigation techniques. Another important aspect that should be emphasized is the reduction of intraoperative radiation exposure for personnel and patient. The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of a new navigation system for the spine based on an electromagnetic field.Twenty pedicle screws were placed in the lumbar spine of human cadavers using EMF navigation. Navigation was based on data from a preoperative thin-slice CT scan. The cadavers were positioned on a special field generator and the system was matched using a patient tracker on the spinous process. Navigation was conducted using especially developed instruments that can be tracked in the electromagnetic field. Another thin-slice CT scan was made postoperatively to assess the result. The evaluation included the position of the screws in the direction of trajectory and any injury to the surrounding cortical bone. The results were classified in 5 groups: grade 1: ideal screw position in the center of the pedicle with no cortical bone injury; grade 2: acceptable screw position, cortical bone injury with cortical penetration ≤ 2 mm; grade 3: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration 2,1-4 mm, grad 4: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration 4,1-6 mm, grade 5: cortical bone injury with cortical penetration >6 mm.The initial evaluation of the system showed good accuracy for the lumbar spine (65% grade 1, 20% grade 2, 15% grade 3, 0% grade 4, 0% grade 5. A comparison of the initial results with other navigation techniques in literature (CT navigation, 2D fluoroscopic navigation shows that the accuracy of this system is

  14. Drag and Torque on Locked Screw Propeller

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    Tomasz Tabaczek

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Few data on drag and torque on locked propeller towed in water are available in literature. Those data refer to propellers of specific geometry (number of blades, blade area, pitch and skew of blades. The estimation of drag and torque of an arbitrary propeller considered in analysis of ship resistance or propulsion is laborious. The authors collected and reviewed test data available in the literature. Based on collected data there were developed the empirical formulae for estimation of hydrodynamic drag and torque acting on locked screw propeller. Supplementary CFD computations were carried out in order to prove the applicability of the formulae to modern moderately skewed screw propellers.

  15. A geometrical introduction to screw theory

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    Minguzzi, E

    2012-01-01

    Since the addition of applied forces must take into account the line of action, applied forces do not belong to a vector space. Screw theory removes this geometrical limitation and solves other mechanical problems by unifying, in a single concept, the translational and rotational degrees of freedom. Although venerable this theory is little known. By introducing some innovations, I show how screw theory can help us to rapidly develop several standard and less standard results in classical mechanics. The connection with the Lie algebra of the group of rigid maps is clarified.

  16. Screw Extruder for Pellet Injection System

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Solid hydrogenic pellets are used as fuel for fusion energy reactor. A technique for continuous production of solid hydrogen and its isotopes by a screw extruder is suggested for the production of an unlimited number of pellets. The idea was developed and patented by PELIN laboratories, Inc. (Canada. A Gifford McMahon cryocooler is used for the generation of solid hydrogenic fluid pellets. Requirements of the pellets is depends upon the energy to be produced by tokamak. This review paper focuses on the model for the screw extruder for solidification of hydrogen ice having high injection reliability.

  17. Influence of bone morphological properties on a new expandable orthopaedic fastener

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    Oldakowski, M.; Oldakowska, I.; Kirk, T. B.; Ford, C. T.; Sercombe, T. B.; Hardcastle, P.; Day, R. E.

    2016-03-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that bone morphological properties are a significant determinant of orthopaedic fastener fixation strength. The authors previously tested a new design of unthreaded expandable fastener (UEF) prototype against screws and demonstrated a significant increase in pull-out strength. However the effect of bone morphology on the pull-out strength of the UEF and expandable fasteners in general is unknown. This study assessed the correlation between failure force and maximum force against five microstructural parameters. The failure force of the UEF was correlated to the trabecular bone volume fraction, as with screws. Unlike screws, however, the maximum force of the UEF has an inverse relationship with cortical volume. No correlation was found between failure force and the Structural Model Index (SMI). Additionally the critical volume of interest (VOI) for the UEF is around the bottom of the fastener where the expansion occurs, whereas for the screw a full height VOI is critical. Furthermore, we observed that screw mechanical performance may be affected more by bone morphological parameters that are associated with poorer quality bone. Therefore the UEF may perform better than screws in low quality osteoporotic bone.

  18. Dual-worm screw compressors; Compresseurs bi-vis

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    Baleydier, J.P. [Bitzer France, 69 - Lyon (France)

    1997-12-31

    Low power worm-screw moto-compressors are used in any king of refrigerating machineries and more and more in air conditioning systems. This paper presents the principle of dual-screw moto-compressors: worm-screw technology, role of oil (lubrication, tightness, cooling), compression, internal pressure, power reduction, lubrication, economizer, operation, model selection and accessories. (J.S.)

  19. 21 CFR 872.4880 - Intraosseous fixation screw or wire.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Intraosseous fixation screw or wire. 872.4880... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Surgical Devices § 872.4880 Intraosseous fixation screw or wire. (a) Identification. An intraosseous fixation screw or wire is a metal device intended to be...

  20. 21 CFR 888.3070 - Pedicle screw spinal system.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Pedicle screw spinal system. 888.3070 Section 888...) MEDICAL DEVICES ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 888.3070 Pedicle screw spinal system. (a) Identification. Pedicle screw spinal systems are multiple component devices, made from a variety of...

  1. The additon of screws and the axodes of gear pairs

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    ZHANG Wen-xiang

    2001-01-01

    In the light of screw addition, the distribution of instantaneous axes along the common perpendicular of the two screws is determined and all possible sorts of axodes are derived cinematically with the pitch of the relative-motio n screw in the gear pair as the basis and the transmission ratio i as an inde pendent variable.

  2. The additon of screws and the axodes of gear pairs

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    张文祥

    2001-01-01

    In the light of screw addition, the distribution of instantaneous axes along the common perpendicular of the two screws is determined and all possible sorts of axodes are derived cinematically with the pitch of the relative-motion screw in the gear pair as the basis and the transmission ratio i as an independent variable.

  3. Estudo microscópico da interface implante-osso vertebral e sua relação com o modo de preparo do orifício piloto Estudio microscópico de la interface implante hueso vertebral y su relación con el modo de preparación del orificio piloto Microscopical study of the bone screw interface and its correlation with the pilot hole preparation

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    José Roberto Benites Vendrame

    2009-12-01

    microscopio de luz y fue evaluado el coeficiente de fragmentación por medio de la relación entre el porcentaje del área ocupada por el tejido óseo en la región próxima del implante y en el hueso normal. RESULTADOS: el coeficiente de fragmentación fue menor con diferencia estadística en el grupo del orificio piloto preparado con sonda, cuando comparado con el orificio piloto preparado con broca o broca seguida de aplastamiento. CONCLUSIÓN: el menor coeficiente de fragmentación observado con la utilización de la sonda para la realización del orificio piloto indica la mayor compactación del hueso, en la interface entre el implante y el hueso de la vértebra.OBJECTIVE: to access microscopically bone tissue changes between vertebral bone and implant interface, whose pilot hole was prepared using probe, drill and drill followed by tapping. METHODS: the vertebral pedicles of three segments (L2-L3-L4 of human adult cadaver lumbar spine were instrumented with 6 mm USIS pedicle screw. The pilot holes for screw insertion into pedicles were prepared using probe, drill and drill followed by tapping. The vertebrae were prepared to histological study on light microscopy and the fragmentation index assessed by percentage relation between bone tissue close to the implant and normal bone. RESULTS: the fragmentation index of pilot holes prepared with probes was statistically lower than those prepared with drill and drill followed by tapping. CONCLUSION: the low fragmentation index observed that the use of probe to perform pilot hole promotes higher compaction of bone between the screw and vertebral bone interface.

  4. Numerical simulation of in vivo intraosseous torsional failure of a hollow-screw oral implant

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    Cehreli, Murat; Akkocaoglu, Murat; Akca, Kivanc

    2006-01-01

    Background Owing to the complexity and magnitude of functional forces transferred to the bone-implant interface, the mechanical strength of the interface is of great importance. The purpose of this study was to determine the intraosseous torsional shear strength of an osseointegrated oral implant using 3-D finite element (FE) stress analysis implemented by in vivo failure torque data of an implant. Methods A Ø 3.5 mm × 12 mm ITI® hollow screw dental implant in a patient was subjected to torque failure test using a custom-made strain-gauged manual torque wrench connected to a data acquisition system. The 3-D FE model of the implant and peri-implant circumstances was constructed. The in vivo strain data was converted to torque units (N.cm) to involve in loading definition of FE analysis. Upon processing of the FE analysis, the shear stress of peri-implant bone was evaluated to assume torsional shear stress strength of the bone-implant interface. Results The in vivo torque failure test yielded 5952 μstrains at custom-made manual torque wrench level and conversion of the strain data resulted in 750 N.cm. FE revealed that highest shear stress value in the trabecular bone, 121 MPa, was located at the first intimate contact with implant. Trabecular bone in contact with external surface of hollow implant body participated shear stress distribution, but not the bone resting inside of the hollow. Conclusion The torsional strength of hollow-screw implants is basically provided by the marginal bone and the hollow part has negligible effect on interfacial shear strength. PMID:17083739

  5. Numerical simulation of in vivo intraosseous torsional failure of a hollow-screw oral implant

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    Akca Kivanc

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Owing to the complexity and magnitude of functional forces transferred to the bone-implant interface, the mechanical strength of the interface is of great importance. The purpose of this study was to determine the intraosseous torsional shear strength of an osseointegrated oral implant using 3-D finite element (FE stress analysis implemented by in vivo failure torque data of an implant. Methods A Ø 3.5 mm × 12 mm ITI® hollow screw dental implant in a patient was subjected to torque failure test using a custom-made strain-gauged manual torque wrench connected to a data acquisition system. The 3-D FE model of the implant and peri-implant circumstances was constructed. The in vivo strain data was converted to torque units (N.cm to involve in loading definition of FE analysis. Upon processing of the FE analysis, the shear stress of peri-implant bone was evaluated to assume torsional shear stress strength of the bone-implant interface. Results The in vivo torque failure test yielded 5952 μstrains at custom-made manual torque wrench level and conversion of the strain data resulted in 750 N.cm. FE revealed that highest shear stress value in the trabecular bone, 121 MPa, was located at the first intimate contact with implant. Trabecular bone in contact with external surface of hollow implant body participated shear stress distribution, but not the bone resting inside of the hollow. Conclusion The torsional strength of hollow-screw implants is basically provided by the marginal bone and the hollow part has negligible effect on interfacial shear strength.

  6. ISO general purpose metric screw threads -- Tolerances -- Part 4: Limits of sizes for hot-dip galvanized external screw threads to mate with internal screw threads tapped with tolerance position H or G after galvanizing

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    1998-01-01

    ISO general purpose metric screw threads -- Tolerances -- Part 4: Limits of sizes for hot-dip galvanized external screw threads to mate with internal screw threads tapped with tolerance position H or G after galvanizing

  7. ISO general purpose metric screw threads -- Tolerances -- Part 5: Limits of sizes for internal screw threads to mate with hot-dip galvanized external screw threads with maximum size of tolerance position h before galvanizing

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    ISO general purpose metric screw threads -- Tolerances -- Part 5: Limits of sizes for internal screw threads to mate with hot-dip galvanized external screw threads with maximum size of tolerance position h before galvanizing

  8. The mechanical benefit of medial support screws in locking plating of proximal humerus fractures.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the biomechanical advantages of medial support screws (MSSs in the locking proximal humeral plate for treating proximal humerus fractures. METHODS: Thirty synthetic left humeri were randomly divided into 3 subgroups to establish two-part surgical neck fracture models of proximal humerus. All fractures were fixed with a locking proximal humerus plate. Group A was fixed with medial cortical support and no MSSs; Group B was fixed with 3 MSSs but without medial cortical support; Group C was fixed with neither medial cortical support nor MSSs. Axial compression, torsional stiffness, shear stiffness, and failure tests were performed. RESULTS: Constructs with medial support from cortical bone showed statistically higher axial and shear stiffness than other subgroups examined (P<0.0001. When the proximal humerus was not supported by medial cortical bone, locking plating with medial support screws exhibited higher axial and torsional stiffness than locking plating without medial support screws (P ≤ 0.0207. Specimens with medial cortical bone failed primarily by fracture of the humeral shaft or humeral head. Specimens without medial cortical bone support failed primarily by significant plate bending at the fracture site followed by humeral head collapse or humeral head fracture. CONCLUSIONS: Anatomic reduction with medial cortical support was the stiffest construct after a simulated two-part fracture. Significant biomechanical benefits of MSSs in locking plating of proximal humerus fractures were identified. The reconstruction of the medial column support for proximal humerus fractures helps to enhance mechanical stability of the humeral head and prevent implant failure.

  9. Internal fixation with headless compression screws and back buttress plate for treatment of old Hoffa fracture

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    Min Li; Tu Chongqi; Wang Guanglin; Fang Yue; Duan Hong; Liu Lei; Zhang Hui

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the early clinical and radiographic outcomes of Hoffa fractures treated by a standard protocol of open reduction and internal fixation using headless compression screws combined with back buttress plate in a consecutive series of 8 Chinese patients.Methods:Open reduction and internal fixation was performed on all patients.The fractures were anatomically reduced and held temporarily by K-wire.If the ends of fractures were atrophic,autologous bone graft from the ipsilateral iliac crest was packed between the ends.Then the fracture fragments were fixed with AO 6.5 mm headless compression cannulated screws.At least two screws were used to provide rotational stability.One pre-contoured reconstruction plate was placed on the nonarticular surface posteromedially or posterolaterally as back buttress plate.Results:All the patients were followed up for at least 12 months (range 12-25 months).All fractures achieved anatomical reduction and healed clinically and radiographically.At recent follow-up,the mean flexion degree was 120.6° (range 110°-135°) and the mean extension degree was 2.5° (range 0°-5°).The average visual analogue scale score was 1.6 points (range 0-3).Six patients were assessed as excellent and 2 as good according to the hospital for special surgery knee score system.There were no superficial or deep infections,or hardware breakages.No patient had giving way or locking of the knee,though some had intermittent pain and swelling after strenuous exercise.Injury mechanism had significant influence on the functional outcome (P=0.046).Conclusion:Headless compression screws combined with back buttress plate and/or autologous bone grafting to treat old Hoffa fracture is one of effective measures.It would be conducive to not only fracture healing but also early exercise and functional recovery.

  10. Extracellular matrix-mimetic adhesive biomaterials for bone repair

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    Shekaran, Asha; Andrés J. García

    2010-01-01

    Limited osseointegration of current orthopaedic biomaterials contributes to the failure of implants such as arthroplasties, bone screws and bone grafts, which present a large socioeconomic cost within the United States. These implant failures underscore the need for biomimetic approaches that modulate host cell-implant material responses to enhance implant osseointegration and bone formation. Bioinspired strategies have included functionalizing implants with ECM proteins or ECM-derived peptid...

  11. Loosening torque of Universal Abutment screws after cyclic loading: influence of tightening technique and screw coating

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    Bacchi, Atais; Regalin, Alexandre; Bhering, Claudia Lopes Brilhante; Alessandretti, Rodrigo; Spazzin, Aloisio Oro

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of tightening technique and the screw coating on the loosening torque of screws used for Universal Abutment fixation after cyclic loading. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty implants (Titamax Ti Cortical, HE, Neodent) (n=10) were submerged in acrylic resin and four tightening techniques for Universal Abutment fixation were evaluated: A - torque with 32 Ncm (control); B - torque with 32 Ncm holding the torque meter for 20 seconds; C - to...

  12. CFD Simulation of the Flow Field Inside Screw Powder Feeder

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    SHI Yang-he; SHAO Zong-heng

    2011-01-01

    A screw powder feeder is an important device for industrial applications. There are many parameters which affect the performance of the screw powder feeder, such as the shapes of the helical screw impeller, the number of screw pitches, etc. This paper presents an analysis of a gas-solid two-phase through screw powder feeder by using a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) code, Fluent. The K-ε model is used to simulate gas flow. Particle trajectory is obtained by the use of a discrete phase model. The results show the effects of gas velocity and panicle size on the transportation performance.

  13. Computation of Flow in Screw Compressors

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    Kalitzin, Georgi; Cai, Xiaodan; Reba, Ramons; Medic, Gorazd

    2015-08-01

    A CFD model enabling accurate and computationally affordable simulation of unsteady flow in screw compressors has been developed. This paper focuses on computational aspects, including real-gas CFD using hybrid structured/unstructured moving grids, and specifics of grid generation for moving rotors and their communication with the discharge plenum.

  14. Surgical screw segmentation for mobile C-arm CT devices

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    Görres, Joseph; Brehler, Michael; Franke, Jochen; Wolf, Ivo; Vetter, Sven Y.; Grützner, Paul A.; Meinzer, Hans-Peter; Nabers, Diana

    2014-03-01

    Calcaneal fractures are commonly treated by open reduction and internal fixation. An anatomical reconstruction of involved joints is mandatory to prevent cartilage damage and premature arthritis. In order to avoid intraarticular screw placements, the use of mobile C-arm CT devices is required. However, for analyzing the screw placement in detail, a time-consuming human-computer interaction is necessary to navigate through 3D images and therefore to view a single screw in detail. Established interaction procedures of repeatedly positioning and rotating sectional planes are inconvenient and impede the intraoperative assessment of the screw positioning. To simplify the interaction with 3D images, we propose an automatic screw segmentation that allows for an immediate selection of relevant sectional planes. Our algorithm consists of three major steps. At first, cylindrical characteristics are determined from local gradient structures with the help of RANSAC. In a second step, a DBScan clustering algorithm is applied to group similar cylinder characteristics. Each detected cluster represents a screw, whose determined location is then refined by a cylinder-to-image registration in a third step. Our evaluation with 309 screws in 50 images shows robust and precise results. The algorithm detected 98% (303) of the screws correctly. Thirteen clusters led to falsely identified screws. The mean distance error for the screw tip was 0.8 +/- 0.8 mm and for the screw head 1.2 +/- 1 mm. The mean orientation error was 1.4 +/- 1.2 degrees.

  15. On heat transfer in screw compressors

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    Highlights: • Heat transfer in a screw compressor does not much influence on its performance. • It may be detrimental to operational reliability because thermal deformation. • CFD is a suitable tool for estimation of thermal deformation due to heat transfer. • One-dimensional analysis can also provide useful information. - Abstract: Heat transfer between the working fluid and machine parts within a screw compressor does not affect its performance significantly because the thermal energy dissipation is usually less than 1% of the compressor power input. However, it can be detrimental to the machine reliability because the fluid compression creates a non-uniform three dimensional temperature field leading to local distortions, which may be larger than the clearances between the machine parts. This phenomenon is widely known and special control procedures are required to allow for start-up and shut down, as well as for steady running operation. These measures are usually derived only from test-bench data and may result in larger clearances than necessary, thereby reducing the optimum performance. This paper gives an outline of two methods of computing heat transfer in a screw compressor; namely: by means of a quasi-one dimensional differential model and by three dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Both methods enable the clearance size for start-up and steady running conditions to be determined. The 3D CFD procedure is more accurate but requires a far longer running time. Two cases are considered: heat transfer in a dry screw compressor where fluid temperatures are high, and an oil-flooded screw compressor where fluid temperatures are relatively low but the convective heat transfer coefficient is substantially higher

  16. Accuracy of computer-assisted cervicle pedicle screw installation

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    Objective: To investigate the accuracy of computer-assisted cervical pedicle screw installation and the reason of screw malposition. Methods: A total of 172 cervical pedicle screws were installed by computer-assisted navigation for 30 patients with lower cervical spinal diseases. All the patients were examined by X-ray and CT after operation. Screw's position and direction were measured on the sagittal and transectional images of intraoperative navigation and post-operative CT. Then linear regression analysis was taken between navigational and post-operative CT's images. Results: Two screws perforated the upper pedicle wall, 3 perforated the lateral pedicle wall.There was a positive linear correlation between navigational and post-operative CT's images. Conclusion: Computer-assisted navigation can provide the high accuracy of cervical pedicle screw installation and excursion phenomenon is reason of screw malposition. (authors)

  17. Rotational Efficiency of Photo-Driven Archimedes Screws for Micropumps

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we characterized the rotational efficiency of the photo-driven Archimedes screw. The micron-sized Archimedes screws were fabricated using the two-photon polymerization technique. Free-floating screws trapped by optical tweezers align in the laser irradiation direction and rotate spontaneously. The influences of the screw pitch and the number of screw blades have been investigated in our previous studies. In this paper, the blade thickness and the central rod of the screw were further investigated. The experimental results indicate that the blade thickness contributes to rotational stability, but not to rotational speed, and that the central rod stabilizes the rotating screw but is not conducive to rotational speed. Finally, the effect of the numerical aperture (NA of the optical tweezers was investigated through a demonstration. The NA is inversely proportional to the rotational speed.

  18. In vivo degradation of magnesium plate/screw osteosynthesis implant systems: Soft and hard tissue response in a calvarial model in miniature pigs.

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    Schaller, Benoit; Saulacic, Nikola; Imwinkelried, Thomas; Beck, Stefan; Liu, Edwin Wei Yang; Gralla, Jan; Nakahara, Ken; Hofstetter, Willy; Iizuka, Tateyuki

    2016-03-01

    Biodegradable magnesium plate/screw osteosynthesis systems were implanted on the frontal bone of adult miniature pigs. The chosen implant geometries were based on existing titanium systems used for the treatment of facial fractures. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vivo degradation and tissue response of the magnesium alloy WE43 with and without a plasma electrolytic surface coating. Of 14 animals, 6 received magnesium implants with surface modification (coated), 6 without surface modification (uncoated), and 2 titanium implants. Radiological examination of the skull was performed at 1, 4, and 8 weeks post-implantation. After euthanasia at 12 and 24 weeks, X-ray, computed tomography, and microfocus computed tomography analyses and histological and histomorphological examinations of the bone/implant blocks were performed. The results showed a good tolerance of the plate/screw system without wound healing disturbance. In the radiological examination, gas pocket formation was found mainly around the uncoated plates 4 weeks after surgery. The micro-CT and histological analyses showed significantly lower corrosion rates and increased bone density and bone implant contact area around the coated screws compared to the uncoated screws at both endpoints. This study shows promising results for the further development of coated magnesium implants for the osteosynthesis of the facial skeleton. PMID:26805919

  19. Femoral fracture following knee ligament reconstruction surgery due to an unpredictable complication of bioabsorbable screw fixation: a case report and review of literature

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    Konan, Sujith; Haddad, Fares Sami

    2009-01-01

    We report an unusual case of femoral fracture from minimal trauma, due to the rapid disappearance of a bioabsorbable interference screw used for reconstruction of the posterolateral corner of the knee. The literature on bone tunnel fractures following knee ligament reconstruction surgery is also reviewed.

  20. Bone Biopsy

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    ... Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Bone Biopsy Bone biopsy uses a needle and imaging guidance ... limitations of Bone Biopsy? What is a Bone Biopsy? A bone biopsy is an image-guided procedure ...

  1. Regional alterations in long bone produced by internal fixation devices. Part I. 85Sr clearance

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    We examined the effect of rigid plate application on the radiostrontium clearance of the intact canine femur at 6 months. We examined each of the component surgical steps. We calculated the clearance both for the whole bone and for each of the five transverse sections of the whole bone. Screw application, but not drilling, increased the clearance in the segment about the screw holes. Plate application produced an increase in the segment beneath the plate as well as around the screws and in the whole bone. These changes are accomplished not only by an absolute increase in clearance to the middle three segments, but by a relative diminution in clearance by the most proximal and distal segments. The histomorphometric changes in long bones following rigid plating may be accompanied by regional increases in bone blood flow

  2. Reduction of Zygomatic Fractures Using the Carroll-Girard T-bar Screw

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    Ji Eun Baek

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Zygomatic fractures are the second most common facial bone fractures encountered andtreated by plastic surgeons. Stable fixation of fractured fragments after adequate exposureis critical for ensuring three-dimensional anatomic reduction. Between January 2008 andDecember 2010, 17 patients with zygomatic fractures were admitted to our hospital; therewere 15 male and 2 female patients. The average age of the patients was 41 years (range, 19to 75 years. We exposed the inferior orbital rim and zygomatic complex through a lateralbrow, intraoral, and subciliary incisions, which allowed for visualization of the bone, andthen the fractured parts were corrected using the Carroll-Girard T-bar screw. Postoperativecomplications such as malar asymmetry, diplopia, enophthalmos, and postoperative infectionwere not observed. Lower eyelid retraction and temporary ectropion occurred in 1 of the 17patients. Functional and cosmetic results were excellent in nearly all of the cases. In this report,we describe using the Carroll-Girard T-bar screw for the reduction of zygomatic fractures.Because this instrument is easy to use and can rotate to any direction and vector, it can beused to correct displaced zygomatic bone more accurately and safely than other devices,without leaving facial scars.

  3. Biomechanical Analysis of Tapered Integrated Screw and Sensitivity Analysis on Abutment Loosening in Dental Implants

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    Milad Farzadi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Different mechanisms have been developed for connecting abutment to implant. One of the most popular mechanisms is Tapered Integrated Screw (TIS, which is a Tapered Interference Fit (TIF with a screw integrated at the bottom of that. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of TIS and effective factors in employing TIS during design and implementation processes using an analytic method.Materials and Methods: Relevant equations were developed to predict tightening and loosening torques, contactpressure and preloads with and without bone tissue in this analysis. The efficiency is defined as the ratio of the loosening torque to the tightening torque. The effects of the change in elastic modulus and thickness of the bone on operation of this mechanism were investigated.Results: In this study, 14 independent parameters such as taper angle, friction coefficient, abutment and implantgeometry that are effective on performance of TIS mechanism were presented. The role of some factors was shown in the performance of ITI implant using sensitivity analysis.Conclusion: It was shown that friction coefficient, contact length, and implant radius play major roles on tightening and loosening torques and efficiency of the mechanism. Furthermore, the results revealed that the change in the elastic modulus and thickness of the bone influenced the efficiency of the mechanism less than 15%.

  4. Central tarsal bone fracture in the border collie.

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    Guilliard, M

    2007-07-01

    Fracture of the plantar process of the central tarsal bone together with a dorsomedial displacement of the body of the bone was seen in six border collies. All injuries occurred during free exercise, with no extrinsic trauma. Three dogs had concomitant tarsal fractures. Primary treatment was by lag screwing the central tarsal bone to the fourth tarsal bone. All cases eventually made an excellent recovery. The superficial radiographic appearance was of a luxation of the bone as reported in a previous series, but appraisal of the radiographs showed evidence of fracture in all cases. A cadaver study to assess the mechanism of luxation showed that it is unlikely to occur naturally. PMID:17490445

  5. Comparison of Multidetector Computed Tomography and Flat-Panel Computed Tomography Regarding Visualization of Cortical Fractures, Cortical Defects, and Orthopedic Screws

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    Neubauer, Jakob; Benndorf, Matthias; Lang, Hannah; Lampert, Florian; Kemna, Lars; Konstantinidis, Lukas; Neubauer, Claudia; Reising, Kilian; Zajonc, Horst; Kotter, Elmar; Langer, Mathias; Goerke, Sebastian M.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To compare the visualization of cortical fractures, cortical defects, and orthopedic screws in a dedicated extremity flat-panel computed tomography (FPCT) scanner and a multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scanner. We used feet of European roe deer as phantoms for cortical fractures, cortical defects, and implanted orthopedic screws. FPCT and MDCT scans were performed with equivalent dose settings. Six observers rated the scans according to number of fragments, size of defects, size of defects opposite orthopedic screws, and the length of different screws. The image quality regarding depiction of the cortical bone was assessed. The gold standard (real number of fragments) was evaluated by autopsy. The correlation of reader assessment of fragments, cortical defects, and screws with the gold standard was similar for FPCT and MDCT. Three readers rated the subjective image quality of the MDCT to be higher, whereas the others showed no preferences. Although the image quality was rated higher in the MDCT than in the FPCT by 3 out of 6 observers, both modalities proved to be comparable regarding the visualization of cortical fractures, cortical defects, and orthopedic screws and of use to musculoskeletal radiology regarding fracture detection and postsurgical evaluation in our experimental setting. PMID:26252281

  6. Comparison of Multidetector Computed Tomography and Flat-Panel Computed Tomography Regarding Visualization of Cortical Fractures, Cortical Defects, and Orthopedic Screws: A Phantom Study.

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    Neubauer, Jakob; Benndorf, Matthias; Lang, Hannah; Lampert, Florian; Kemna, Lars; Konstantinidis, Lukas; Neubauer, Claudia; Reising, Kilian; Zajonc, Horst; Kotter, Elmar; Langer, Mathias; Goerke, Sebastian M

    2015-08-01

    To compare the visualization of cortical fractures, cortical defects, and orthopedic screws in a dedicated extremity flat-panel computed tomography (FPCT) scanner and a multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scanner.We used feet of European roe deer as phantoms for cortical fractures, cortical defects, and implanted orthopedic screws. FPCT and MDCT scans were performed with equivalent dose settings. Six observers rated the scans according to number of fragments, size of defects, size of defects opposite orthopedic screws, and the length of different screws. The image quality regarding depiction of the cortical bone was assessed. The gold standard (real number of fragments) was evaluated by autopsy.The correlation of reader assessment of fragments, cortical defects, and screws with the gold standard was similar for FPCT and MDCT. Three readers rated the subjective image quality of the MDCT to be higher, whereas the others showed no preferences.Although the image quality was rated higher in the MDCT than in the FPCT by 3 out of 6 observers, both modalities proved to be comparable regarding the visualization of cortical fractures, cortical defects, and orthopedic screws and of use to musculoskeletal radiology regarding fracture detection and postsurgical evaluation in our experimental setting. PMID:26252281

  7. A retrospective comparison of the modified tension band technique and the parallel titanium cannulated lag screw technique in transverse patella fracture

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    Wang Chengxue

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To compare efficacy between the modified tension band technique and the parallel titanium cannulated lag screw technique for the transverse patella fracture. Methods:Seventy-two patients were retrospectively analyzed aged 22 to 79 years (mean, 55.6 years with transverse patella fractures, among whom 37 patients underwent the modified tension band and 35 patients received the titanium cannulated lag screw. Patients were followed up for 1-3 years. We analyzed the difference of operation time, complications, fracture reduction, fracture healing time, and the Iowa score for knee function between both groups. Results:In modified tension band group, five patients had skin irritation and seven suffered wire migration, two of whom required a second operation. In comparison, there were no complications in the titanium cannulated lag screw group, which also had a higher fracture reduction rate and less operation time. Conclusion:The parallel titanium cannulated lag screw technique has superior results and should be considered as an alternative method to treat transverse patella fracture. Key words: Fractures, bone; Patella; Titanium; Bone screws

  8. The applicability of PEEK-based abutment screws.

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    Schwitalla, Andreas Dominik; Abou-Emara, Mohamed; Zimmermann, Tycho; Spintig, Tobias; Beuer, Florian; Lackmann, Justus; Müller, Wolf-Dieter

    2016-10-01

    The high-performance polymer PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone) is more and more being used in the field of dentistry, mainly for removable and fixed prostheses. In cases of screw-retained implant-supported reconstructions of PEEK, an abutment screw made of PEEK might be advantageous over a conventional metal screw due to its similar elasticity. Also in case of abutment screw fracture, a screw of PEEK could be removed more easily. M1.6-abutment screws of four different PEEK compounds were subjected to tensile tests to set their maximum tensile strengths in relation to an equivalent stress of 186MPa, which is aused by a tightening torque of 15Ncm. Two screw types were manufactured via injection molding and contained 15% short carbon fibers (sCF-15) and 40% (sCF-40), respectively. Two screw types were manufactured via milling and contained 20% TiO2 powder (TiO2-20) and >50% parallel orientated, continuous carbon fibers (cCF-50). A conventional abutments screw of Ti6Al4V (Ti; CAMLOG(®) abutment screw, CAMLOG, Wimsheim, Germany) served as control. The maximum tensile strength was 76.08±5.50MPa for TiO2-20, 152.67±15.83MPa for sCF-15, 157.29±20.11MPa for sCF-40 and 191.69±36.33MPa for cCF-50. The maximum tensile strength of the Ti-screws amounted 1196.29±21.4MPa. The results of the TiO2-20 and the Ti screws were significantly different from the results of the other samples, respectively. For the manufacturing of PEEK abutment screws, PEEK reinforced by >50% continuous carbon fibers would be the material of choice. PMID:27434650

  9. Insertion torques influenced by bone density and surface roughness of HA–TiO{sub 2} coatings

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    Cheng, T.; Chen, Y.; Nie, X., E-mail: xnie@uwindsor.ca

    2013-12-31

    Bio-ceramic TiO{sub 2} coatings containing calcium (Ca) and phosphorous (P) were deposited onto Ti–6Al–4V alloy screws using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) processes in an alkaline electrolyte with hydroxyapatite (HA) suspension. Coating on each screw had different surface roughness and morphology. Insertion torque (IT) of the coated screws in low (10 pcf, pounds per cubic feet), medium–high (20 pcf), and high (40 pcf) density of artificial bones was measured in comparison with that of the uncoated and sandblasted screws having similar surface roughness. Higher insertion torques and final seating torques were obtained in the coated screws which may result in less micro-movement during the primary implantation stage and thus lower the risk of implant failure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis indicated that all coatings still adhesively remained on the screw surfaces after inserted into the bones with different densities. The relationship between coefficient of friction and surface roughness was also addressed to better understand the results of insertion torque. It was found that a lower density bone (similar to aged bone) would need a surface-rougher coated screw to achieve a high torque while a high density bone can have a wide range of selections for surface roughness of the screw. - Highlights: • The insertion torque of PEO-coated screws is higher than machined and sandblasting implants. • Lower density bone needs a rougher coated implant to increase the insertion torque. • The composite HA–TiO{sub 2} coating could benefit dental implants in both primary and secondary stability stages.

  10. Technical and clinical outcome of percutaneous CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement in unstable injuries of the posterior pelvic ring

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    Strobl, Frederik F.; Haeussler, Sophia M.; Paprottka, Philipp M.; Hoffmann, Ralf-Thorsten; Reiser, Maximilian F.; Trumm, Christoph G. [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Munich (Germany); Pieske, Oliver [Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Department of Trauma Surgery, Munich (Germany)

    2014-08-15

    To evaluate technical success, complications, and effective dose in patients undergoing CT fluoroscopy-guided iliosacral screw placement for the fixation of unstable posterior pelvic ring injuries. Our retrospective analysis includes all consecutive patients with vertical sacral fractures and/or injury of the iliosacral joint treated with CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement in our department from 11/2005 to 03/2013. Interventions were carried out under general anesthesia and CT fluoroscopy (10-20 mAs; 120 kV; 16- or 128-row scanner, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany). Technical outcome, major and minor complications, and effective patient dose were analyzed. We treated 99 consecutive patients (mean age 53.1 ± 21.7 years, 50 male, 49 female) with posterior pelvic ring instability with CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement. Intervention was technically successful in all patients (n = 99). No major and one minor local complication occurred (1 %, secondary screw dislocation). General complications included three cases of death (3 %) due to pulmonary embolism (n = 1), hemorrhagic shock (n = 1), or cardiac event (n = 1) during a follow-up period of 30 days. General complications were not related to the intervention. Mean effective patient radiation dose per intervention was 12.28 mSv ± 7.25 mSv. Mean procedural time was 72.1 ± 37.4 min. CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement for the treatment of posterior pelvic ring instabilities can be performed with high technical success and a low complication rate. This method provides excellent intrainterventional visualization of iliac and sacral bones, as well as the sacral neuroforamina for precise screw placement by applying an acceptable effective patient dose. (orig.)

  11. Technical and clinical outcome of percutaneous CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement in unstable injuries of the posterior pelvic ring

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    To evaluate technical success, complications, and effective dose in patients undergoing CT fluoroscopy-guided iliosacral screw placement for the fixation of unstable posterior pelvic ring injuries. Our retrospective analysis includes all consecutive patients with vertical sacral fractures and/or injury of the iliosacral joint treated with CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement in our department from 11/2005 to 03/2013. Interventions were carried out under general anesthesia and CT fluoroscopy (10-20 mAs; 120 kV; 16- or 128-row scanner, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany). Technical outcome, major and minor complications, and effective patient dose were analyzed. We treated 99 consecutive patients (mean age 53.1 ± 21.7 years, 50 male, 49 female) with posterior pelvic ring instability with CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement. Intervention was technically successful in all patients (n = 99). No major and one minor local complication occurred (1 %, secondary screw dislocation). General complications included three cases of death (3 %) due to pulmonary embolism (n = 1), hemorrhagic shock (n = 1), or cardiac event (n = 1) during a follow-up period of 30 days. General complications were not related to the intervention. Mean effective patient radiation dose per intervention was 12.28 mSv ± 7.25 mSv. Mean procedural time was 72.1 ± 37.4 min. CT fluoroscopy-guided screw placement for the treatment of posterior pelvic ring instabilities can be performed with high technical success and a low complication rate. This method provides excellent intrainterventional visualization of iliac and sacral bones, as well as the sacral neuroforamina for precise screw placement by applying an acceptable effective patient dose. (orig.)

  12. Metaphyseal bone loss in revision knee arthroplasty.

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    Ponzio, Danielle Y; Austin, Matthew S

    2015-12-01

    The etiology of bone loss encountered during revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is often multifactorial and can include stress shielding, osteolysis, osteonecrosis, infection, mechanical loss due to a grossly loose implant, and iatrogenic loss at the time of implant resection. Selection of the reconstructive technique(s) to manage bone deficiency is determined by the location and magnitude of bone loss, ligament integrity, surgeon experience, and patient factors including the potential for additional revision, functional demand, and comorbidities. Smaller, contained defects are reliably managed with bone graft, cement augmented with screw fixation, or modular augments. Large metaphyseal defects require more extensive reconstruction such as impaction bone grafting with or without mesh augmentation, prosthetic augmentation, use of bulk structural allografts, or use of metaphyseal cones or sleeves. While each technique has advantages and disadvantages, the most optimal method for reconstruction of large metaphyseal bone defects during revision TKA is not clearly established. PMID:26362647

  13. Translational mini-screw implant research.

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    Rossouw, Emile

    2014-09-01

    It is important to thoroughly test new materials as well as techniques when these innovations are to be utilized in the human clinical situation. Translational research fills this important niche. The purpose of translational research is to establish the continuity of evidence from the laboratory to the clinic and in so-doing, provide evidence that the material is functioning appropriately and that the process in the human will be successful. This concept applies to the mini-screw implant; which, has been very successfully introduced into the orthodontic armamentarium over the last decade for application as a temporary anchorage device. The examples of translational research that will be illustrated in this paper have paved the way to ensure that clinicians have evidence to confidently utilize mini-screw implants in orthodontic practice. Needless to say, more studies are needed to ensure a safe, effective and efficient manner to practice orthodontics. PMID:25138369

  14. Analysis of Modeling Parameters on Threaded Screws.

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    Vigil, Miquela S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Brake, Matthew Robert [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Vangoethem, Douglas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Assembled mechanical systems often contain a large number of bolted connections. These bolted connections (joints) are integral aspects of the load path for structural dynamics, and, consequently, are paramount for calculating a structure's stiffness and energy dissipation prop- erties. However, analysts have not found the optimal method to model appropriately these bolted joints. The complexity of the screw geometry cause issues when generating a mesh of the model. This paper will explore different approaches to model a screw-substrate connec- tion. Model parameters such as mesh continuity, node alignment, wedge angles, and thread to body element size ratios are examined. The results of this study will give analysts a better understanding of the influences of these parameters and will aide in finding the optimal method to model bolted connections.

  15. Evaluation of Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion in Sheep Using Mineral Scaffolds Seeded with Cultured Bone Marrow Cells

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    Cuenca-López, María D.; Andrades, José A.; Santiago Gómez; Plácido Zamora-Navas; Enrique Guerado; Nuria Rubio; Jerónimo Blanco; José Becerra

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the efficacy of hybrid constructs in comparison to bone grafts (autograft and allograft) for posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF) in sheep, instrumented with transpedicular screws and bars. Hybrid constructs using cultured bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown promising results in several bone healing models. In particular, hybrid constructs made by calcium phosphate-enriched cells have had similar fusion rates to bone autografts...

  16. Advantages of Modified Osteosynthesis in Treatment of Osteoporotic Long Bones Fractures – Experimental Model

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    ŠIŠLJAGIĆ, VLADIMIR; Jovanović, Savo; Mrčela, Tomislav; Radić, Radivoje; BELOVARI, TATJANA

    2009-01-01

    In surgery of fractured long bones, a patient suffering from osteoporosis represents constant challenge to a surgeon and applied material and instruments that need to destroy as little as possible of an already damaged bone. One potential way of increasing the contact surface between the implants and osteoporotic bone is injection of bone cement (methyl-metacrilat, Palakos) into a prepared screw bed. This method of osteosynthesis was therefore subjected to experimental research to prove that ...

  17. Axial Flow Characteristics within a Screw Compressor

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    Nouri, J. M.; Guerrato, D.; Stosic, N.; Arcoumanis, C.

    2008-01-01

    Angle-resolved axial mean flow and turbulence characteristics were measured inside the working chamber of the male rotor of a screw compressor with high spatial and temporal resolution using laser Doppler velocimetry at two rotor speeds, 750 and 1000 rpm. Measurements were performed through a transparent window near the discharge port to allow the application of various laser techniques. The results showed that an angular resolution up to 2° could fully describe the flow variation inside the ...

  18. Rancang Bangun Alat Pemarut Kelapa Tipe Screw

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    Sitohang, Domen

    2016-01-01

    In improving agricultural production, that including pre- to post-harvest facilities and infrastructure, require, effective agricultural tools and machines. This research was aimed to design and test screw type coconut grater using coconut new materil. This study was conducted in February 2016 until March 2016 at the Laboratory of Agricultural Engineering Study Program of Agricultural Engineering Faculty of Agriculture, University of North Sumatra, Medan. The parameters observed were the effe...

  19. In vitro evaluation of force-expansion characteristics in a newly designed orthodontic expansion screw compared to conventional screws

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    Oshagh Morteza

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : Expansion screws like Hyrax, Haas and other types, produce heavy interrupted forces which are unfavorable for dental movement and could be harmful to the tooth and periodontium. The other disadvantage of these screws is the need for patient cooperation for their regular activation. The purpose of this study was to design a screw and compare its force- expansion curve with other types. Materials and Methods : A new screw was designed and fabricated in the same dimension, with conventional types, with the ability of 8 mm expansion (Free wire length: 12 mm, initial compression: 4.5 mm, spring wire diameter: 0.4 mm, spring diameter: 3 mm, number of the coils: n0 ine, material: s0 tainless steel. In this in vitro study, the new screw was placed in an acrylic orthodontic appliance, and after mounting on a stone cast, the force-expansion curve was evaluated by a compression test machine and compared to other screws. Results : Force-expansion curve of designed screw had a flatter inclination compared to other screws. Generally it produced a light continuous force (two to 3.5 pounds for every 4 mm of expansion. Conclusion : In comparison with heavy and interrupted forces of other screws, the newly designed screw created light and continuous forces.

  20. Energy saving screw compressor technology; Energiebesparende schroefcompressortechnologie

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    Moeller, A. [RefComp, Lonigo (Italy); Neus, M. [Delta Technics Engineering, Breda (Netherlands)

    2011-03-15

    Smart solutions to reduce the energy consumption are continuously part of investigation in the refrigeration technology. This article subscribed the technology on which way energy can be saved at the operation of screw compressors which are used in air conditioners and refrigerating machinery. The combination of frequency control and Vi-control (intrinsic volumetric ratio) such as researched in the laboratory of RefComp is for the user attractive because the energy efficiency during part load operation is much better. Smart uses of thermodynamics, electric technology and electronic control are the basics of these applications. According to the manufacturer's information it is possible with these new generation screw compressors to save approx. 26% energy in comparison with the standard screw compressor. [Dutch] In dit artikel wordt de technologie omschreven waarmee veel energie bespaard kan worden bij schroefcompressoren die worden gebruikt in airconditioningsystemen en koel- en vriesinstallaties. De combinatie van frequentieregeling en Vi- regeling (Vi is de intrinsieke volumetrische verhouding) zoals onderzocht in het laboratorium van RefComp biedt de gebruiker veel voordelen doordat de energie-efficintie van de compressor tijdens deellast enorm wordt verbeterd. Slim gebruik van thermodynamika, elektrotechniek en elektronica vormen de basis van deze toepassing. Volgens de fabrikant kan met deze nieuwe generatie schroefcompressoren circa 26 procent op het energiegebruik tijdens deellast worden bespaard in vergelijking met de standaard serie schroefcompressoren.

  1. Missing Screw as a Rare Complication of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

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    Yusuf Kurtuluş Duransoy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Although anterior cervical arthrodesis is an effective procedure for the treatment of cervical disorders, the method has some complications. Here, we describe this rare complication of cervical instrumentation with a literature review. A 23-year-old male patient was operated for a C6-C7 dislocation. At postoperative month 10, he presented with hemoptysis and dysphagia. Cervical roentgenograms showed anterior migrations of one broken screw and a plate-locking screw at the C6 corpus. One screw was missing. We concluded that the missing screw had perforated the esophagus and had been eliminated spontaneously through the gastrointestinal tract. No screw should migrate. Even loose screws should be noted in follow-up X-ray studies. If such findings are detected, a second operation for revision should be considered as soon as possible to prevent potentially fatal complications.

  2. Experimental study of pedicle screw stability on low BMD vertebrae

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    Objective: To conduct biomechanical study of different pedicle screws stability on spinal specimen, discuss the relationship between design parameter of screw, insertion torgue and BMD, establish the theoretical foundation for application of pedicle screw on osteoporotic patients. Methods: Six fixed lumbar cadavers were collected, the effects of design parameter, insertion torque and etc on fixation stability were determined under various BMD by using biomechanical ways. Results: According to in vitro study: (1) There was a significant difference among pullout strength of all screws (P2>U1>SF1>SF2>RF. Conclusions: There is a close correlated between type of screw, BMD and stability. The U-type screw displays the best fixation effect on specimen of low BMD. (authors)

  3. Iliosacral Screw Placement With Local Anesthesia Using C T Scan

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    Shahriar Kamrani R

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Ilio-sacral screw is a technique for posterior pelvic fixation. In spite of its benefits, it had not performed commonly in Iran because of its difficulties. We changed this technique to insert the screw under CT-Scan guide with lical anesthesia to increase image quality and decrease neurological complications and performed it in two patients. In both cases the screws were inserted in correct position without any complication."n"n 

  4. Missing Screw as a Rare Complication of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation

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    Yusuf Kurtuluş Duransoy; Mesut Mete; Baha Zengel; Mehmet Selçukı

    2013-01-01

    Although anterior cervical arthrodesis is an effective procedure for the treatment of cervical disorders, the method has some complications. Here, we describe this rare complication of cervical instrumentation with a literature review. A 23-year-old male patient was operated for a C6-C7 dislocation. At postoperative month 10, he presented with hemoptysis and dysphagia. Cervical roentgenograms showed anterior migrations of one broken screw and a plate-locking screw at the C6 corpus. One screw ...

  5. The gauge theory of dislocations: A nonuniformly moving screw dislocation

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    Lazar, Markus, E-mail: lazar@fkp.tu-darmstadt.d [Emmy Noether Research Group, Department of Physics, Darmstadt University of Technology, Hochschulstr. 6, D-64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 (United States)

    2010-07-05

    We investigate the nonuniform motion of a straight screw dislocation in infinite media in the framework of the translational gauge theory of dislocations. The equations of motion are derived for an arbitrarily moving screw dislocation. The fields of the elastic velocity, elastic distortion, dislocation density and dislocation current surrounding the arbitrarily moving screw dislocation are derived explicitly in the form of integral representations. We calculate the radiation fields and the fields depending on the dislocation velocities.

  6. Abrasion of abutment screw coated with TiN

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    Jung, Seok-Won; Son, Mee-Kyoung; Chung, Chae-Heon; Kim, Hee-Jung

    2009-01-01

    STATEMENT OF PROBLEM Screw loosening has been a common complication and still reported frequently. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate abrasion of the implant fixture and TiN coated abutment screw after repeated delivery and removal with universal measuring microscope. MATERIAL AND METHODS Implant systems used for this study were Osstem and 3i. Seven pairs of implant fixtures, abutments and abutment screws for each system were selected and all the fixtures were perpendicularly m...

  7. 椎弓根螺钉内固定材料置入并植骨融合后路矫正治疗重度僵硬性青少年特发性脊柱侧凸20例%Posterior correction using pedicle screw fixation combined with bone grafting and fusion for treatment of severe and rigid adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in 20 cases

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    臧危平; 刘祖德; 李展春; 冯宇; 张磊

    2008-01-01

    主弯平均Cobb角从术前的82°(75o~ 92o)矫正到31°(22°~37°),平均矫正率为62%.③双肩高度差及住院时间:术后脊柱侧位片均显示患者胸腰椎基本恢复正常后凸及前凸,平均双肩高度差为7.5 mm(0~11 mm),患者住院日为8~11 d, 平均9 d.④随访结果:所有患者均获术后4年随访,所有侧凸主弯矫正角度未发生丢失,固定节段全部融合,无断钉、断棒发生.结论:单纯后路椎弓根螺钉内固定材料置入并植骨融合术能有效治疗主弯在75o~92o,柔韧性≥ 20%的重度僵硬性青少年特发性脊柱侧凸.%BACKGROUND: Traditional anterior release followed by posterior correction and fusion is frequently used to treat severe and rigid adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is considered as Cobb angle of the major curve > 65° and flexibility < 34.5%; however, there are a great majority of complications. Whether isolated posterior correction using pedicle screw fixation combining with bone grafting and fusion may provide better effects on severe and rigid adolescent idiopathic scoliosis needs to be further studied.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate isolated posterior correction using pedicle screw fixation combining with bone grafting and fusion for the treatment of severe and rigid adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. DESIGN: Case analysis.SETTING: Department of Orthopaedics, Renji Hospital, Medical College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.PARTICIPANTS: Twenty patients with severe and rigid adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, including 8 males and 12 females, were selected from Department of Orthopaedics, Renji Hospital, Medical College of Shanghai Jiaotong University from June 1999 to August 2005. They were 12-18 years old, and the mean age was 14.6 years. All patients were finally diagnosed as X-ray of whole spine. According to King-Moe criteria, patients were classified into type Ⅰ(n =4), type Ⅱ(n =6), type Ⅲ (n =5), type Ⅳ(n =3) and type Ⅴ(n =2). Before surgery, mean Cobb angle of the major curve was 82

  8. Studies on positive conveying in helically channeled single screw extruders

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    Pan, L.; M. Y. Jia; Jin, Z. M.; K. J. Wang; Xue, P

    2012-01-01

    A solids conveying theory called double-flight driving theory was proposed for helically channeled single screw extruders. In the extruder, screw channel rotates against static barrel channel, which behaves as cooperative embedded twin-screws for the positive conveying. They turn as two parallel arc plates, between which an arc-plate solid-plug was assumed. By analyzing the forces on the solid-plug in the barrel channel and screw channel, the boundary conditions when the solid-plug is waived ...

  9. Process and apparatus for optimizing screwing position for closure stud

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    The stud is fixed to a screwing and unscrewing device. The vertical position and alignment of the stud with the axis of the threated hole is checking. The stud is descended into the hole and rotated in the unscrewing direction. After detection of the point of engagement, the stud is rotated in the screwing direction. When a gamming is detected the descent is stopped and the screwing device is positioned in a new position. When the screwing couple returns below the disconnection couple, the stud is rotated with a reduced speed and then with a normal speed until the end

  10. Hydrodynamic screws. Calculation and optimal design of Archimedean screws as a hydro-power machine; Wasserkraftschnecken. Berechnung und optimaler Entwurf von archimedischen Schnecken als Wasserkraftmaschine

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    Nuernbergk, Dirk M.

    2012-07-01

    The author of the contribution under consideration reports on the calculation and optimal design of Archimedes screw as a hydroelectric turbine screw. The main aspects of this contribution are: Field of application and definitions; injectivity; inflow and outflow; hydraulic losses; performance and efficiency; equipment components and plant efficiency; measurements at hydrodynamic screws; Design flow for a hydrodynamic screw.

  11. Minimally Invasive Spinal Arthrodesis in Osteoporotic Population Using a Cannulated and Fenestrated Augmented Screw: Technical Description and Clinical Experience

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    Alphonse Lubansu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a percutaneous or minimally invasive approach to apply an augmentation of pedicle fenestrated screws by injection of the PMMA bone cement through the implant and determine the safety and efficiency of this technique in a clinical series of 15 elderly osteoporotic patients. Clinical outcome and the function were assessed using respectively the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS score and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI. Peri- and post-operative complications were monitored during a minimum of 2 years of follow-up. Radiographic follow-up was based on plain fluoroscopic control at 3, 6 and 12 months and every year. In this approach, four steps were considered with care: optimal positioning of the screws, correct alignment of the screw heads, waiting time before the injection of cement, fluoroscopic control of the cement injection. Using these precautions, only 2 minor complications occurred. VAS scores and ODI questionnaires showed a statistically significant improvement up to 13.3 months postoperatively. No radiological complications were observed. Based on this experience, PMMA augmentation technique through the novel fenestrated screws provided an effective and long lasting fixation in osteoporotic patients. Applying this procedure through percutaneous or minimally invasive approach under fluoroscopic control seems to be safe.

  12. The pedicle screw-rod system is an acceptable method of reconstructive surgery after resection of sacroiliac joint tumours

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    Zhou, Yi-Jun; Yunus, Akbar; Tian, Zheng; Chen, Jiang-Tao; Wang, Chong; Xu, Lei-Lei

    2016-01-01

    Hemipelvic resections for primary bone tumours require reconstruction to restore weight bearing along anatomic axes. However, reconstruction of the pelvic arch remains a major surgical challenge because of the high rate of associated complications. We used the pedicle screw-rod system to reconstruct the pelvis, and the purpose of this investigation was to assess the oncology, functional outcome and complication rate following this procedure. The purpose of this study was to investigate the operative indications and technique of the pedicle screw-rod system in reconstruction of the stability of the sacroiliac joint after resection of sacroiliac joint tumours. The average MSTS (Musculoskeletal Tumour Society) score was 26.5 at either three months after surgery or at the latest follow-up. Seven patients had surgery-related complications, including wound dehiscence in one, infection in two, local necrosis in four (including infection in two), sciatic nerve palsy in one and pubic symphysis subluxation in one. There was no screw loosening or deep vein thrombosis occurring in this series. Using a pedicle screw-rod after resection of a sacroiliac joint tumour is an acceptable method of pelvic reconstruction because of its reduced risk of complications and satisfactory functional outcome, as well as its feasibility of reconstruction for type IV pelvis tumour resection without elaborate preoperative customisation. Level of evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study. PMID:27095944

  13. Comparative studies of locking volar plates for distal radius fracture. Concerning the site of insertion of distal screw

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    Studies in the title were performed with 5 products of the locking volar plate (LVP) for the fracture of which frequency having been raised along with the elderly population increase, by evaluation through multi-slice CT images. Plates employed were ACU-LOC DISTAL RADIUS SYSTEM standard (I) or narrow (II) (KOBAYASHI pharmaceutical), Locking Voral Plate System (III) (Nakashima Medical), Matrix SmartLock (IV) (Stryker) and Locking Distal Radius System 2.4 (V) (Synthes), which were fixed with the artificial left distal radial bone (SAWBONES) at the optimal position (the distal screws were positioned as close as possible to the joint surface) through discussion by 3 orthopedists and a manufacturer in charge. CT was conducted with Toshiba Aquilion 16 and by the workstation M900 QUADRA (ZIOSOFT), multi-planar images were reconstructed along the parallel axis to the distal screw. Plates were compared for their thickness, width, anatomical feature, water shed line, angle between plate and distal screw, number of screws, diameter, and surgical feature. The lateral view of joint supporting portion gave the position of I and II plates to be near the center, III and IV, slightly dorsal and V, slightly palmar. Understanding these features of plate, and its most appropriate choice and insertion were concluded important for improved outcome and prevention of complication. (K.T.)

  14. Bone Grafts

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    ... repair and rebuild diseased bones in your hips, knees, spine, and sometimes other bones and joints. Grafts can also repair bone loss caused by some types of fractures or cancers. Once your body accepts the bone ...

  15. Alveolar bone preservation subsequent to miniscrew implant placement in a canine model

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    Melsen, Birte; Huja, Sarandeep; Chien, Hua-Hong; Dalstra, Michel

    2014-01-01

    -decalcified bucco-lingual sections stained with basic fuchsine and toluidine blue. RESULTS: Comparison of the two sides revealed a significant difference both with regard to the bone volume and morphology. The transcortical screw caused an increase in bone density and less ridge atrophy. When simulating a dental...

  16. Nanoscale characterization of bone-implant interface and biomechanical modulation of bone ingrowth

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    Bone-implant interface is characterized by an array of cells and macromolecules. This study investigated the nanomechancial properties of bone-implant interface using atomic force microscopy in vitro, and the mechanical modulation of implant bone ingrowth in vivo using bone histomorphometry. Upon harvest of screw-type titanium implants placed in vivo in the rabbit maxilla and proximal femur for 4 weeks, nanoindentation was performed in the bone-implant interface at 60-μm intervals radially from the implant surface. The average Young's Moduli (E) of the maxillary bone-implant interface was 1.13 ± 0.27 MPa, lacking significant differences at all intervals. In contrast, an increasing gradient of E was observed radially from the femur bone-implant interface: 0.87 ± 0.25 MPa to 2.24 ± 0.69 MPa, representing significant differences among several 60-μm intervals. In a separate experiment, bone healing was allowed for 6 weeks for proximal femur implants. The right femoral implant received axial cyclic loading at 200 mN and 1 Hz for 10 min/d over 12 days, whereas the left femoral implant served as control. Cyclic loading induced significantly higher bone volume, osteoblast numbers per endocortical bone surface, mineral apposition rate, and bone formation rate than controls. These data demonstrate nanoscale and microscale characterizations of bone-implant interface, and mechanical modulation of bone ingrowth surrounding titanium implants

  17. Nanoscale characterization of bone-implant interface and biomechanical modulation of bone ingrowth

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    Clark, Paul A. [Tissue Engineering Laboratory MC 841, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 801 South Paulina Street, Illinois 60612 (United States)]. E-mail: pclark4@gmail.com; Clark, Andrew M. [Tissue Engineering Laboratory MC 841, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 801 South Paulina Street, Illinois 60612 (United States); Rodriguez, Anthony [Tissue Engineering Laboratory MC 841, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 801 South Paulina Street, Illinois 60612 (United States); Hussain, Mohammad A. [Tissue Engineering Laboratory MC 841, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 801 South Paulina Street, Illinois 60612 (United States); Mao, Jeremy J. [Tissue Engineering Laboratory MC 841, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 801 South Paulina Street, Illinois 60612 (United States)]. E-mail: jmao2@uic.edu

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    Bone-implant interface is characterized by an array of cells and macromolecules. This study investigated the nanomechancial properties of bone-implant interface using atomic force microscopy in vitro, and the mechanical modulation of implant bone ingrowth in vivo using bone histomorphometry. Upon harvest of screw-type titanium implants placed in vivo in the rabbit maxilla and proximal femur for 4 weeks, nanoindentation was performed in the bone-implant interface at 60-{mu}m intervals radially from the implant surface. The average Young's Moduli (E) of the maxillary bone-implant interface was 1.13 {+-} 0.27 MPa, lacking significant differences at all intervals. In contrast, an increasing gradient of E was observed radially from the femur bone-implant interface: 0.87 {+-} 0.25 MPa to 2.24 {+-} 0.69 MPa, representing significant differences among several 60-{mu}m intervals. In a separate experiment, bone healing was allowed for 6 weeks for proximal femur implants. The right femoral implant received axial cyclic loading at 200 mN and 1 Hz for 10 min/d over 12 days, whereas the left femoral implant served as control. Cyclic loading induced significantly higher bone volume, osteoblast numbers per endocortical bone surface, mineral apposition rate, and bone formation rate than controls. These data demonstrate nanoscale and microscale characterizations of bone-implant interface, and mechanical modulation of bone ingrowth surrounding titanium implants.

  18. Optimization of spinal implant screw for lower vertebra through finite element studies.

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    Biswas, Jayanta; Karmakar, Santanu; Majumder, Santanu; Banerjee, Partha Sarathi; Saha, Subrata; Roychowdhury, Amit

    2014-01-01

    The increasing older population is suffering from an increase in age-related spinal degeneration that causes tremendous pain. Spine injury is mostly indicated at the lumbar spine (L3-L5) and corresponding intervertebral disks. Finite element analysis (FEA) is now one of the most efficient and accepted tools used to simulate these pathological conditions in computer-assisted design (CAD) models. In this study, L3-L5 spines were modeled, and FEA was performed to formulate optimal remedial measures. Three different loads (420, 490.5, and 588.6 N) based on three body weights (70, 90, and 120 kg) were applied at the top surface of the L3 vertebra, while the lower surface of the L5 vertebra remained fixed. Models of implants using stainless steel and titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) pedicle screws and rods with three different diameters (4, 5, and 6 mm) were inserted into the spine models. The relative strengths of bone (very weak, weak, standard, strong, and very strong) were considered to determine the patient-specific effect. A total of 90 models were simulated, and von Mises stress and strain, shear stress, and strain intensity contour at the bone-implant interface were analyzed. Results of these analyses indicate that the 6-mm pedicle screw diameter is optimal for most cases. Experimental and clinical validation are needed to confirm these theoretical results. PMID:25272208

  19. Increasing pedicle screw anchoring in the osteoporotic spine by cement injection through the implant. Technical note and report of three cases.

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    Fransen, Patrick

    2007-09-01

    Instrumented spinal fusion in patients with osteoporosis is challenging because of the poor bone quality and is complicated by an elevated risk of delayed hardware failure. The author treated two patients presenting with severe osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative spondylolisthesis. He performed decompressive laminectomy, posterolateral fusion, and pedicle screw (PS) fixation involving screws with side openings that allow cement to be injected through the implant. The cement injection was conducted under fluoroscopic control without complications. Although this technique needs validation in a larger population of patients, the author believes that the injection of cement through these PSs can be performed safely in carefully selected patients. This technique creates not only a vertebroplasty-like effect that strengthens the vertebral body but also provides the additional stability afforded by the immediate anchoring of the screw, which may allow a shorter-length construct, save mobile segments, and finally reduce the risk of hardware failure. PMID:17877276

  20. Clinical and radiological studies upon a combined method for guided bone regeneration in experimental mandibular defects in dogs - a preliminary communication

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    The treated bone defects were compared clinically and radiologically. After a 3-month period of survey, the best results were obtained in the group treated with partially demineralized bone matrix, enzymatically processed and lyophilized dura mater and mucoperiosteal flap. The placement of titanium screw dental implants did not impair the guided bone regeneration, that was confirmed by their good osteointegration

  1. Quantitative Anatomy of C7 Vertebra in Southern Chinese for Insertion of Lateral Mass Screws and Pedicle Screws

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    Chan, Chi Hin; Wong, Kam Kwong; Wong, Wing Cheung

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose To analyze the quantitative anatomy of C7 vertebra for insertion of lateral mass screws and pedicle screws in Southern Chinese patients. Overview of Literature C7 lateral mass is smaller when compared to other subaxial cervical levels, which limits the length of lateral mass screws that can be used. Some studies have suggested pedicle screws for better fixation. But, this option is limited by the narrow pedicle width. Methods We have obtained computed tomography (CT) cervical spine data in 0.625 mm slices from our radiology department. The patients were adults. CTs were from May to August, 2015. The lateral mass screw length was measured using Margerl's technique and pedicle width and pedicle screw trajectory were determined in three-dimensional reformated images. Results CT scans of cervical spines of 94 patients were obtained and 188 lateral masses and pedicles of C7 vertebrae were measured. The mean lateral mass screw length was 13.2 mm (standard deviation [SD] 1.6 mm), mean outer pedicle width was 5.9 mm (SD 1.0 mm) and mean pedicle screw trajectory was 29.4 degrees (SD 3.6 degrees). Most (91.0%) of the pedicles had an outer diameter ≥4.5 mm. Conclusions The mean lateral mass screw length was longer when compared with other similar studies, while the mean outer pedicle width was narrower. Nearly 10% of the pedicles were unable to accommodate 3.5 mm screws. These findings favor the use of lateral mass screws to provide a safe and stable fixation for C7 vertebrae in Southern Chinese patients, while the final choice of fixation method should only be confirmed after careful preoperative planning with CT scan. PMID:27559451

  2. Application studies of CFRTP hexagon socket head cap screws

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    Sano, Akihiko; Matsumoto, Masaru

    PPS thermoplastic CFRP is used to fabricate screws via injection molding; these samples were tested for tensile strength and torque vs axial tension. Attention was given to the effects of various lubricants. When MoS2 was applied to the screw's threading, its axial tension increased from 10 to 16 kN.

  3. Evaluation of two styles of slotted, flat-head screws

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    A series of torque tests were performed to evaluate the relative merits of two different flat-head screws fabricated from a uranium--6% niobium alloy. The screws tested were machined with both normal, straight-through slots in the head and with slots having radiused bottoms. Test results indicate that both designs easily surpass the required 20-inch-pound-proof torque

  4. Periodic Stresses in Gyroscopic Bodies, with Applications to Air Screws

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    Zahm, A F

    1918-01-01

    Report discusses periodic stresses in gyroscopic bodies with applications to air screws caused by particle mass. Report concludes that all modern air screws obey the laws found for plane groups of particles. In particular the two-bladers exert on the shaft a rhythmic gyroscopic torque; the multibladers a steady one; both easily calculable for any given conditions of motion and mass distribution.

  5. Biomechanical Analysis of Pedicle Screw Fixation for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures.

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    McDonnell, Matthew; Shah, Kalpit N; Paller, David J; Thakur, Nikhil A; Koruprolu, Sarath; Palumbo, Mark A; Daniels, Alan H

    2016-05-01

    Treatment of unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures remains controversial. Long-segment pedicle screw constructs may be stiffer and impart greater forces on adjacent segments compared with short-segment constructs, which may affect clinical performance and long-term out come. The purpose of this study was to biomechanically evaluate long-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation (LSPF) vs short-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation (SSPF) for unstable burst fractures. Six unembalmed human thoracolumbar spine specimens (T10-L4) were used. Following intact testing, a simulated L1 burst fracture was created and sequentially stabilized using 5.5-mm titanium polyaxial pedicle screws and rods for 4 different constructs: SSPF (1 level above and below), SSPF+L1 (pedicle screw at fractured level), LSPF (2 levels above and below), and LSPF+L1 (pedicle screw at fractured level). Each fixation construct was tested in flexion-extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation; range of motion was also recorded. Two-way repeated-measures analysis of variance was performed to identify differences between treatment groups and functional noninstrumented spine. Short-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation did not achieve stability seen in an intact spine (P.1). Long-segment posterior pedicle screw fixation constructs were not associated with increased adjacent segment motion. Al though the sample size of 6 specimens was small, this study may help guide clinical decisions regarding burst fracture stabilization. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(3):e514-e518.]. PMID:27135451

  6. Electromagnetic Lead Screw for Potential Wave Energy Application

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    Lu, Kaiyuan; Wu, Weimin

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a new type electromagnetic lead screw (EMLS) intended for wave energy application. Similar to the mechanical lead screw, this electromagnetic version can transfer slow linear motion to high-rotational motion, offering gearing effects. Compared with the existing pure magnetic...

  7. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski, Adam

    2015-02-01

    The application of screw displacement piles (SDP) is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque) during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  8. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski Adam

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The application of screw displacement piles (SDP is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  9. Ball Screw Actuator Including an Axial Soft Stop

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    Wingett, Paul T. (Inventor); Forrest, Steven Talbert (Inventor); Abel, Steve (Inventor); Woessner, George (Inventor); Hanlon, Casey (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    An actuator includes an actuator housing, a ball screw, and an axial soft stop assembly. The ball screw extends through the actuator housing and has a first end and a second end. The ball screw is coupled to receive a drive force and is configured, upon receipt of the drive force, to selectively move in a retract direction and an extend direction. The axial soft stop assembly is disposed within the actuator housing. The axial soft stop assembly is configured to be selectively engaged by the ball screw and, upon being engaged thereby, to translate, with compliance, a predetermined distance in the extend direction, and to prevent further movement of the ball screw upon translating the predetermined distance.

  10. Evaluation of a prototype correction algorithm to reduce metal artefacts in flat detector computed tomography of scaphoid fixation screws

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    Filli, Lukas; Finkenstaedt, Tim; Andreisek, Gustav; Guggenberger, Roman [University Hospital of Zurich, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Marcon, Magda [University Hospital of Zurich, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); University of Udine, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Department of Medical and Biological Sciences, Udine (Italy); Scholz, Bernhard [Imaging and Therapy Division, Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector, Forchheim (Germany); Calcagni, Maurizio [University Hospital of Zurich, Division of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, Zurich (Switzerland)

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate a prototype correction algorithm to reduce metal artefacts in flat detector computed tomography (FDCT) of scaphoid fixation screws. FDCT has gained interest in imaging small anatomic structures of the appendicular skeleton. Angiographic C-arm systems with flat detectors allow fluoroscopy and FDCT imaging in a one-stop procedure emphasizing their role as an ideal intraoperative imaging tool. However, FDCT imaging can be significantly impaired by artefacts induced by fixation screws. Following ethical board approval, commercially available scaphoid fixation screws were inserted into six cadaveric specimens in order to fix artificially induced scaphoid fractures. FDCT images corrected with the algorithm were compared to uncorrected images both quantitatively and qualitatively by two independent radiologists in terms of artefacts, screw contour, fracture line visibility, bone visibility, and soft tissue definition. Normal distribution of variables was evaluated using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. In case of normal distribution, quantitative variables were compared using paired Student's t tests. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used for quantitative variables without normal distribution and all qualitative variables. A p value of < 0.05 was considered to indicate statistically significant differences. Metal artefacts were significantly reduced by the correction algorithm (p < 0.001), and the fracture line was more clearly defined (p < 0.01). The inter-observer reliability was ''almost perfect'' (intra-class correlation coefficient 0.85, p < 0.001). The prototype correction algorithm in FDCT for metal artefacts induced by scaphoid fixation screws may facilitate intra- and postoperative follow-up imaging. (orig.)

  11. Evaluation of a prototype correction algorithm to reduce metal artefacts in flat detector computed tomography of scaphoid fixation screws

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate a prototype correction algorithm to reduce metal artefacts in flat detector computed tomography (FDCT) of scaphoid fixation screws. FDCT has gained interest in imaging small anatomic structures of the appendicular skeleton. Angiographic C-arm systems with flat detectors allow fluoroscopy and FDCT imaging in a one-stop procedure emphasizing their role as an ideal intraoperative imaging tool. However, FDCT imaging can be significantly impaired by artefacts induced by fixation screws. Following ethical board approval, commercially available scaphoid fixation screws were inserted into six cadaveric specimens in order to fix artificially induced scaphoid fractures. FDCT images corrected with the algorithm were compared to uncorrected images both quantitatively and qualitatively by two independent radiologists in terms of artefacts, screw contour, fracture line visibility, bone visibility, and soft tissue definition. Normal distribution of variables was evaluated using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. In case of normal distribution, quantitative variables were compared using paired Student's t tests. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used for quantitative variables without normal distribution and all qualitative variables. A p value of < 0.05 was considered to indicate statistically significant differences. Metal artefacts were significantly reduced by the correction algorithm (p < 0.001), and the fracture line was more clearly defined (p < 0.01). The inter-observer reliability was ''almost perfect'' (intra-class correlation coefficient 0.85, p < 0.001). The prototype correction algorithm in FDCT for metal artefacts induced by scaphoid fixation screws may facilitate intra- and postoperative follow-up imaging. (orig.)

  12. Minimal access direct spondylolysis repair using a pedicle screw-rod system: a case series

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    Mohi Eldin Mohamed

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Symptomatic spondylolysis is always challenging to treat because the pars defect causing the instability needs to be stabilized while segmental fusion needs to be avoided. Direct repair of the pars defect is ideal in cases of spondylolysis in which posterior decompression is not necessary. We report clinical results using segmental pedicle-screw-rod fixation with bone grafting in patients with symptomatic spondylolysis, a modification of a technique first reported by Tokuhashi and Matsuzaki in 1996. We also describe the surgical technique, assess the fusion and analyze the outcomes of patients. Case presentation At Cairo University Hospital, eight out of twelve Egyptian patients’ acute pars fractures healed after conservative management. Of those, two young male patients underwent an operative procedure for chronic low back pain secondary to pars defect. Case one was a 25-year-old Egyptian man who presented with a one-year history of axial low back pain, not radiating to the lower limbs, after falling from height. Case two was a 29-year-old Egyptian man who presented with a one-year history of axial low back pain and a one-year history of mild claudication and infrequent radiation to the leg, never below the knee. Utilizing a standardized mini-access fluoroscopically-guided surgical protocol, fixation was established with two titanium pedicle screws place into both pedicles, at the same level as the pars defect, without violating the facet joint. The cleaned pars defect was grafted; a curved titanium rod was then passed under the base of the spinous process of the affected vertebra, bridging the loose fragment, and attached to the pedicle screw heads, to uplift the spinal process, followed by compression of the defect. The patients were discharged three days after the procedure, with successful fusion at one-year follow-up. No rod breakage or implant-related complications were reported. Conclusions Where there is no

  13. Management of acute displaced midshaft clavicular fractures using Herbert cannulated screw: Technique and results in 114 patients

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    Martin Richardson

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: A new and simple operative technique has been developed to provide internal fixation for midshaft clavicle fractures. This involves the use of a large fragment Herbert Screw that is entirely embedded within the bone. Screw fixation is combined with bone grafting from intramedullary reamings of the fracture fragments. The purpose of this report is to assess the outcomes following treatment of midshaft clavicular fracture using this method. Materials and Methods: One hundred and fourteen patients with acute displaced midshaft fracture were identified between 2002 and 2007. All patients were followed until fracture union. Patients′ medical records were reviewed. Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand questionnaire (DASH, and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Elbow form (ASES were posted to all patients. Outcome measures included union rate, time to union, implant removal rate, DASH, and ASES scores. Results: Patients′ median age was 29.5 years (interquartile range, 19-44 years. The most common injury mechanism was sports injury (28%. The median time from injury to surgery was 5 days (interquartile range, 2-9 days. Union occurred in an average of 8.8 weeks. Non-union occurred in three cases (2.6%. The re-operation rate for symptomatic hardware prominence screw was 1.7%. The median DASH score was 0.83 and the median ASES was 100 (n = 35. Conclusions: Intramedullary fixation using cannulated Herbert screw can be used as an effective approach for operative management of midshaft clavicular fractures. Using this method, an appropriate outcome could be achieved and a second intervention for implant removal could be avoided in great majority of cases. Level of Evidence: Level III

  14. Design and fabrication of a low-frequency (1-3 MHz) ultrasound transducer for accurate placement of screw implants in the spine

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    Manbachi, Amir; Lee, Mike; Foster, F. Stuart; Ginsberg, Howard J.; Cobbold, Richard S. C.

    2014-03-01

    In 2012 approximately 800,000 spinal fusion surgeries were performed in the United States, requiring the insertion of screws into the pedicles. Their exact placement is critical and made complex due to limited visibility of the spine, continuous bleeding in the exposed regions, and variability in morphologies. The alarmingly high rate of screw misplacements (up to 20%) reported in the literature is of major concern since such misplacements can place the surrounding vital structures at risk. A potential guidance method for determining the best screw trajectory is by the use of real-time ultrasound imaging similar to that used for intravascular imaging. An endovascular transducer could be inserted into the pedicle to image the anatomy from within and identify bone boundaries. A major challenge of imaging within bone is high signal attenuation. The rapid increase of attenuation with frequency requires much lower frequencies (1-3 MHz) than those used in intravascular imaging. This study describes the custom design and fabrication of 2 MHz ultrasound probes (3.5 mm diameter/ 11 Fr) for pedicle screw guidance. Three transducer designs are explored to provide improved sensitivity and signal to noise ratio, compared to the previously tested transducer within the pedicle. Experimental measurements are compared with the results obtained using various simulation tools. The work reported in this paper represents the first stage in our ultimate goal of developing a 32- element phased array that is capable of generating a radial B-mode image.

  15. Zygomatic implants: the impact of zygoma bone support on biomechanics.

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    Romeed, Shihab A; Malik, Raheel; Dunne, Stephen M

    2014-06-01

    Maxillectomy and severely resorbed maxilla are challenging to restore with provision of removable prostheses. Dental implants are essential to restore esthetics and function and subsequently quality of life in such group of patients. Zygomatic implants reduce the complications associated with bone grafting procedures and simplify the rehabilitation of atrophic maxilla and maxillectomy. The purpose of this study was to compare, by means of 3-dimensional finite element analysis, the impact of different zygomatic bone support (10, 15, and 20 mm) on the biomechanics of zygomatic implants. Results indicated that maximum stresses within the fixture were increased by 3 times when bone support decreased from 20 to 10 mm and were concentrated at the fixture/bone interface. However, stresses within the abutment screw and the abutment itself were not significantly different regardless of the bone support level. Supporting bone at 10 mm sustained double the stresses of 15 and 20 mm. Fixture's deflection was decreased by 2 to 3 times when bone support level increased to 15 mm and 20 mm, respectively. It was concluded that zygomatic bone support should not be less than 15 mm, and abutment screw is not at risk of fracture regardless of the zygomatic bone support. PMID:24914908

  16. Assessment of preload in carbon coated prosthetic screws

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    Dilcele Silva Moreira Dziedzic

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The mechanical aspects of tightening screws over implants are important to ensure a successful prosthetic rehabilitation. Screw loosening is a common problem that can be avoided with passive adaptation of the components and an increased tensile force developed in the screw, a preload. Objective: This in vitro study evaluated the effect on preload of a carbon lubricant deposited on the surface of titanium alloy prosthetic screws: conventional Ti6Al4V and surface enhanced. Material and methods: Conventional titanium alloy prosthetic (n = 7 and carbon coating surface enhanced screws(n = 7 were compared. Each prosthetic screw supporting a metallic UCLA over an implant was tightened with the manufacturer’s recommended torque of 32 N.cm. The removal torque values, recorded for ten consecutive cycles of tightening and removal, were used to estimate the preload. Implant blocks were then sectioned and the interfaces were observed by light microscopy. Results: The lowest removal torque, and consequently the highest preload values, was achieved for the lubricated group in most cycles. The contacts between threads were located at the coronal aspect of all observed screw mating threads. Conclusion: Data indicate that the lower coefficient of friction of a carbon lubricant can generate higher preload. The machining precision observed produced the adaptation and regular contact interfaces.

  17. Economics of water injected air screw compressor systems

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    Venu Madhav, K.; Kovačević, A.

    2015-08-01

    There is a growing need for compressed air free of entrained oil to be used in industry. In many cases it can be supplied by oil flooded screw compressors with multi stage filtration systems, or by oil free screw compressors. However, if water injected screw compressors can be made to operate reliably, they could be more efficient and therefore cheaper to operate. Unfortunately, to date, such machines have proved to be insufficiently reliable and not cost effective. This paper describes an investigation carried out to determine the current limitations of water injected screw compressor systems and how these could be overcome in the 15-315 kW power range and delivery pressures of 6-10 bar. Modern rotor profiles and approach to sealing and cooling allow reasonably inexpensive air end design. The prototype of the water injected screw compressor air system was built and tested for performance and reliability. The water injected compressor system was compared with the oil injected and oil free compressor systems of the equivalent size including the economic analysis based on the lifecycle costs. Based on the obtained results, it was concluded that water injected screw compressor systems could be designed to deliver clean air free of oil contamination with a better user value proposition than the oil injected or oil free screw compressor systems over the considered range of operations.

  18. Management of a fractured implant abutment screw: a clinical report.

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    Canpolat, Ceyhun; Ozkurt-Kayahan, Zeynep; Kazazoğlu, Ender

    2014-07-01

    In an abutment screw fracture, it is generally a challenge for the clinician to remove fractured fragments. In some cases, the screw cannot be removed, and alternative solutions should be considered. This clinical report describes the replacement of a ball attachment with a fractured screw, which was impossible to retrieve, with a cast dowel with ball attachment. The patient who presented to the Department of Prosthodontics, Yeditepe University, Faculty of Dentistry was a 65-year-old woman, wearing a mandibular complete denture supported by two implants for 4 years. She complained about the loss of retention of the denture because of the fractured abutment screw, and it was found that another dentist had previously tried to retrieve the fractured screw with no success. It was decided to construct a cast dowel with ball attachment to improve retention without sacrificing the implant. The interior of the implant and the fractured screw were machined with a rotating instrument. An impression was taken with a metal strip and silicone-based materials. In the laboratory, a stone die was generated from the impression, and a custom-made cast dowel with ball attachment was constructed. It was then cemented with glass ionomer cement and connected to the denture with the direct method. The alternative procedure described in this clinical report was successful for the removal of the fractured abutment screw and use of the existing denture. PMID:24393481

  19. Experiments on screw-pinch plasmas with elongated cross section

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    In this thesis experiments are described carried out with SPICA II, a toroidal screw-pinch plasma device. this device is the last one in a series of plasma machines of the toroidal screw-pinch differing from its predecessor in its race-track shaped section. In devices of the type toroidal screw-pinch stable confinement is possible of plasmas with larger β values than in a tokamak discharge. In a pinch the plasma is screwed up, during the formation, in such a way that in a relatively small volume a plasma is formated with a high pressure. During the screwing up the plasma is heated by shock heating as well as adiabatic compression. With the modified snowplow model the density and temperature after the formation can be calculated, starting from the initial conditions. When all ions arrive into the plasma column, the density in the column is determined by the volume compression. First purpose of the experiments was to find a stable discharge. Subsequently discharges have been made with a high as possible β in order to investigate at which maximum β it is possible to confine screw-pinch plasmas stably. When these had been found, the nature and importance could be investigated of the processes following which the screw-pinch plasma looses its energy. (author), 75 res.; 95 figs.; 8 tabs

  20. Positioning of pedicle screws in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using electromyography

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    Bruno Moreira Gavassi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To analyze the occurrence of poor positioning of pedicle screws inserted with the aid of intraoperative electromyographic stimulation in the treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS.METHODS: This is a prospective observational study including all patients undergoing surgical treatment for AIS, between March and December 2013 at a single institution. All procedures were monitored by electromyography of the inserted pedicle screws. The position of the screws was evaluated by assessment of postoperative CT and classified according to the specific AIS classification system.RESULTS: Sixteen patients were included in the study, totalizing 281 instrumented pedicles (17.5 per patient. No patient had any neurological deficit or complaint after surgery. In the axial plane, 195 screws were found in ideal position (69.4% while in the sagittal plane, 226 screws were found in ideal position (80.4%. Considering both the axial and the sagittal planes, it was observed that 59.1% (166/281 of the screws did not violate any cortical wall.CONCLUSION: The use of pedicle screws proved to be a safe technique without causing neurological damage in AIS surgeries, even with the occurrence of poor positioning of some implants.

  1. Bone Cancer

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    Cancer that starts in a bone is uncommon. Cancer that has spread to the bone from another ... more common. There are three types of bone cancer: Osteosarcoma - occurs most often between ages 10 and ...

  2. Bone Cancer

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    Cancer that starts in a bone is uncommon. Cancer that has spread to the bone from another part of the body is more common. There are three types of bone cancer: Osteosarcoma - occurs most often between ages 10 ...

  3. Bone Diseases

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    Your bones help you move, give you shape and support your body. They are living tissues that rebuild constantly ... childhood and your teens, your body adds new bone faster than it removes old bone. After about ...

  4. 钉道强化提高椎弓根螺钉固定强度的生物力学研究%Biomechanical study of the improvement of pedicle screw fixation with application of local screw tunnel augmentation technique and expansive pedicle screws

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    杨彬奎; 雷伟; 王军; 吴子祥; 刘达; 李运明

    2008-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the improvement of pedicle screw fixation with the application of local screw tunnel augmentation technique and expansive pediele screws.Methods Injecting CaSO4 bone cement into the perine of pediele screw tunnel by new design instruments in order to augment the screw tunnel.Twenty lumbar vertebrae from five frozen human spine specimens were divided into 10 blocks by randomized block design.Four fixation methods were applied:group A(common pedicle screws),group B(common pedicle screws+local screw tunnel augmentation technique),group C(expansive pedicle screws+local screw tunnel augmentation technique),group D(common pedicle screws+CaSO4 bone cement filled into pedicle screw tunnels).Four fixation methods were performed in four screw tunnels of each two blocks at random.And then the maximum axial pullout strength(Fmax)and energy absorbed were measured for comparison.Results Mean values of the Fmax and energy absorbed of group C or D were statistically significantly greater than those of group A(P<0.01)and group B(P<0.05).Mean values of the Fmax and energy absorbed of group B were also statistically significantly greater than those of group A(P<0.01).There was no statistical significant difference between group C and group D(P>0.05).Conclusion The pedicle screw fixation might be improved with the application of local screw tunnel augmentation technique and it might be even finner if combined with expansive pedicle screws.%目的 评价椎弓根钉道局部强化技术及其结合膨胀式椎弓根螺钉提高椎弓根螺钉固定强度的效果.方法 通过自行设计及加工的钉道局部强化装置,向钉道周壁点状注入CaSO4骨水泥以强化椎弓根钉道.5具新鲜冻存人体脊柱标本,每具随机选取4个腰椎共20个腰椎标本,采用随机区组设计方法分为10个区组.设计四种固定方法:A组(普通椎弓根螺钉)、B组(普通椎弓根螺钉+钉道局部强化)、C组(膨胀式椎弓根螺钉+钉

  5. Vibration analysis of three-screw pumps under pressure loads and rotor contact forces

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    Li, Wanyou; Lu, Hanfeng; Zhang, Yue; Zhu, Chuan; Lu, Xiqun; Shuai, Zhijun

    2016-01-01

    Two main vibration sources in three-screw pumps, the fluid exciting force and the screw contact force, are studied to provide the basis for vibration control in this paper. A fluid exciting force model and a screw contact model are proposed to calculate these forces. An experimental test is carried out to obtain the vibration response of a three-screw pump. A calibrated finite element model of the three-screw pump is used to verify the vibration response under the fluid exciting force and the screw contact force obtained from the proposed models. The results show that the screw contact force is more dominant than the fluid exciting force.

  6. Test Research on Special Sucker Rod for Screw Pump

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    Zhang Mingyi; Chen Mingzhan; Li Zhi

    2006-01-01

    @@ According to the statistics of straight thread sucker rods' application in screw pump in Daqing Oilfield before2000, the proportion of sucker rods' yearly breakaway reached to 41.6%, taking up 70% of the total wells that were checked. Thus it can be seen that the rods breakaway problem was becoming the main barrier restricting screw pump large-scale population and application. Since then,the development work on the special sucker rods for screw pump had been carried on. Through the analysis on the failure position and failure form of the sucker rods',the following conclusions arepresented:

  7. A processing method for orthodontic mini-screws reuse

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    Saeed Noorollahian; Shiva Alavi; Mohammad Monirifard

    2012-01-01

    Background: The possibility of mini-screws reuse would reduce treatment cost. The aim of this study is to introduce a new method (application of phosphoric acid 37% for 10 minutes followed by sodium hypochlorite 5.25% for 30 minutes) for cleansing of mini-screws and assessing the efficacy of this method. The effects of this processing on the insertion, removal, and fracture torques of mini-screws were evaluated. Materials and Methods: This experimental study was done in two parts. In part...

  8. A processing method for orthodontic mini-screws reuse

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    Noorollahian, Saeed; Alavi, Shiva; Monirifard, Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Background: The possibility of mini-screws reuse would reduce treatment cost. The aim of this study is to introduce a new method (application of phosphoric acid 37% for 10 minutes followed by sodium hypochlorite 5.25% for 30 minutes) for cleansing of mini-screws and assessing the efficacy of this method. The effects of this processing on the insertion, removal, and fracture torques of mini-screws were evaluated. Materials and Methods: This experimental study was done in two parts. In part I t...

  9. Helical screw rheometer: A new concept in rotational rheometry

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    Kraynik, A. M.; Aubert, J. H.; Chapman, R. N.; Gyure, D. C.

    1984-02-01

    The helical screw rheometer represents a new concept in viscometry: a rotational instrument that generates a pressure difference and therefore does not require torque measurement. The device is basically a metering screw that operates with no discharge. The results that are necessary to obtain the power-law constitutive parameters from pressure drop and rotation rate data are presented along with comparisons between theory and experiment for a prototype instrument operated at ambient conditions. The helical screw rheometer may offer advantages over conventional instruments for: (1) high-pressure measurements; (2) chemically-reacting fluids; (3) heterogeneous fluids; and (4) on-line measurements.

  10. A power recirculating test rig for ball screw endurance tests

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    Giberti Hermes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A conceptual design of an innovative test rig for endurance tests of ball screws is presented in this paper. The test rig layout is based on the power recirculating principle and it also allows to overtake the main critical issues of the ball screw endurance tests. Among these there are the high power required to make the test, the lengthy duration of the same and the high loads between the screw and the frame that holds it. The article describes the test rig designed scheme, the kinematic expedients to be adopted in order to obtain the required performance and functionality and the sizing procedure to choose the actuation system.

  11. Noninvasive method for retrieval of broken dental implant abutment screw.

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    Gooty, Jagadish Reddy; Palakuru, Sunil Kumar; Guntakalla, Vikram Reddy; Nera, Mahipal

    2014-04-01

    Dental implants made of titanium for replacement of missing teeth are widely used because of ease of technical procedure and high success rate, but are not free of complications and may fail. Fracturing of the prosthetic screw continues to be a problem in restorative practice and great challenge to remove the fractured screw conservatively. This case report describes and demonstrates the technique of using an ultrasonic scaler in the removal of the fracture screw fragment as a noninvasive method without damaging the hex of implants. PMID:24963261

  12. Noninvasive method for retrieval of broken dental implant abutment screw

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    Jagadish Reddy Gooty

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Dental implants made of titanium for replacement of missing teeth are widely used because of ease of technical procedure and high success rate, but are not free of complications and may fail. Fracturing of the prosthetic screw continues to be a problem in restorative practice and great challenge to remove the fractured screw conservatively. This case report describes and demonstrates the technique of using an ultrasonic scaler in the removal of the fracture screw fragment as a noninvasive method without damaging the hex of implants.

  13. BIOMECHANICAL STUDY OF TRANSCORTICAL OR TRANSTRABECULAR BONE FIXATION OF PATELLAR TENDON GRAFT WITH BIOABSORBABLE PINS IN ACL RECONSTRUCTION IN SHEEP

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    Albano, Mauro Batista; Borges, Paulo César; Namba, Mario Massatomo; da Silva, João Luiz Vieira; de Assis Pereira Filho, Francisco; Filho, Edmar Stieven; Matias, Jorge Eduardo Fouto

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To determine the initial resistance of fixation using the Rigid Fix® system, and compare it with traditional fixation methods using metal interference screws; and to evaluate the resistance of the fixation with the rigid fix system when the rotational position of the bone block is altered in the interior of the femoral tunnel. Methods: forty ovine knee specimens (stifle joints) were submitted to anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL) using a bone-tendon-bone graft. In twenty specimens, the Rigid Fix method was used; this group was subdivided into two groups: ten knees the pins transfixed only the spongious area of the bone block, and ten for fixation passing through the layer of cortical bone. In the twenty remaining specimens, the graft was fixed with 9mm metal interference screws. Results: comparison of the RIGIDFIX® method with the metal interference screw fixation method did not show any statistically significant differences in terms of maximum load and rigidity; also, there were no statistically significant differences when the rotational position of the bone block was altered inside the femoral tunnel. For these evaluations, a level of significance of p < 0.017 was considered. Conclusion: fixation of the bone-tendon-bone graft with 2 bioabsorbable pines, regardless of the rotational position inside the femoral tunnel, gave a comparable fixation in terms of initial resistance to the metal interference screw, in this experimental model. PMID:27027081

  14. Screw- vs cement-implant-retained restorations: an experimental study in the Beagle. Part 1. Screw and abutment loosening.

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    Assenza, Bartolomeo; Scarano, Antonio; Leghissa, Giulio; Carusi, Giorgio; Thams, Ulf; Roman, Fidel San; Piattelli, Adriano

    2005-01-01

    The causes of implant failures can be biological or mechanical. The mechanical causes include fracture of the implant, fracture of the abutment, and loosening of the abutment. Numerous studies show that abutment loosening constitutes one of the marked implant postsurgery complications requiring clinical intervention. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the incidence of the screw loosening in screwed or cemented abutments. Six adult male Beagles were used. In each dog, the first molars and 2 premolars were extracted. The sutures were removed after 7 days. After 3 months, 10 implants were placed in each dog, 5 in the right mandible and 5 in the left mandible. The abutments either were screwed in (n=30) by applying a total strength of 30 N/cm or were cemented (n=30). After 12 months, 8 (27%) loosened screws were present in screwed abutments, whereas no abutment loosening was observed in cemented abutments (P = .0001). Screwed abutments are often submitted to nonaxial loads that determine screw and abutment loosening. PMID:16265854

  15. Biomechanical impact of C2 pedicle screw length in an atlantoaxial fusion construct

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    Risheng Xu; Mohamad Bydon; Mohamed Macki; Belkoff, Stephen M.; Langdale, Evan R.; Kelly McGovern; Jean-Paul Wolinsky; Gokalsan, Ziya L.; Ali Bydon

    2014-01-01

    Background: Posterior, atlantoaxial (AA) fusions of the cervical spine may include either standard (26 mm) or short (16 mm) C2 pedicle screws. This manuscript focused on an in vitro biomechanical comparison of standard versus short C2 pedicle screws to perform posterior C1-C2 AA fusions. Methods: Twelve human cadaveric spines underwent C1 lateral mass screw and standard C2 pedicle screw (n = 6) versus short C2 pedicle screw (n = 6) fixation. Six additional controls were not instrumented. ...

  16. Biomechanical Evaluation of 6.5-mm Cannulated Screws.

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    Taylor, Benjamin C; Litsky, Alan S; Pugh, Kevin J; Fowler, T Ty

    2016-01-01

    Although biomechanical and clinical evidence exists regarding smaller compression screws, biomechanical data regarding the larger headless screws are not currently available. Headed and headless 6.5-mm cannulated compression screws were examined, with analysis of interfragmentary compression, insertion torque, and resistance of the construct to a shear force. No significant differences were seen between the maximum insertion torque of the headless or headed screws. Maximum and steady-state compression forces were also not significantly different between groups. Countersinking the headless model 2 mm led to a 77.01% decrease in steady-state compression levels. Shear testing did not reveal any significant differences in peak load at ultimate failure, specimen stiffness, or final block displacement, although a trend to increased peak load and stiffness was seen with the headless specimens. PMID:27082882

  17. Lumbar pedicle screw placement: Using only AP plane imaging

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    Anil Sethi

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Placement of pedicle screws under fluoroscopic guidance using AP plane imaging alone with tactile guidance is safe, fast, and reliable. However, a good understanding of the radiographic landmarks is a prerequisite.

  18. Centrifuging Step-Screw Conveyor for Regolith Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A variety of ISRU operations will utilize lunar regolith as feedstock. The proposed centrifuging step-screw conveyor concept will provide a well controlled robust,...

  19. Kinematic analysis of parallel manipulators by algebraic screw theory

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    Gallardo-Alvarado, Jaime

    2016-01-01

    This book reviews the fundamentals of screw theory concerned with velocity analysis of rigid-bodies, confirmed with detailed and explicit proofs. The author additionally investigates acceleration, jerk, and hyper-jerk analyses of rigid-bodies following the trend of the velocity analysis. With the material provided in this book, readers can extend the theory of screws into the kinematics of optional order of rigid-bodies. Illustrative examples and exercises to reinforce learning are provided. Of particular note, the kinematics of emblematic parallel manipulators, such as the Delta robot as well as the original Gough and Stewart platforms are revisited applying, in addition to the theory of screws, new methods devoted to simplify the corresponding forward-displacement analysis, a challenging task for most parallel manipulators. Stands as the only book devoted to the acceleration, jerk and hyper-jerk (snap) analyses of rigid-body by means of screw theory; Provides new strategies to simplify the forward kinematic...

  20. Polyaxial Screws in Locked Plating of Tibial Pilon Fractures.

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    Yenna, Zachary C; Bhadra, Arup K; Ojike, Nwakile I; Burden, Robert L; Voor, Michael J; Roberts, Craig S

    2015-08-01

    This study examined the axial and torsional stiffness of polyaxial locked plating techniques compared with fixed-angle locked plating techniques in a distal tibia pilon fracture model. The effect of using a polyaxial screw to cross the fracture site was examined to determine its ability to control relative fracture site motion. A laboratory experiment was performed to investigate the biomechanical stiffness of distal tibia fracture models repaired with 3.5-mm anterior polyaxial distal tibial plates and locking screws. Sawbones Fourth Generation Composite Tibia models (Pacific Research Laboratories, Inc, Vashon, Washington) were used to model an Orthopaedic Trauma Association 43-A1.3 distal tibia pilon fracture. The polyaxial plates were inserted with 2 central locking screws at a position perpendicular to the cortical surface of the tibia and tested for load as a function of axial displacement and torque as a function of angular displacement. The 2 screws were withdrawn and inserted at an angle 15° from perpendicular, allowing them to span the fracture and insert into the opposing fracture surface. Each tibia was tested again for axial and torsional stiffness. In medial and posterior loading, no statistically significant difference was found between tibiae plated with the polyaxial plate and the central screws placed in the neutral position compared with the central screws placed at a 15° position. In torsional loading, a statistically significant difference was noted, showing greater stiffness in tibiae plated with the polyaxial plate and the central screws placed at a 15° position compared with tibiae plated with the central screws placed at a 0° (or perpendicular) position. This study showed that variable angle constructs show similar stiffness properties between perpendicular and 15° angle insertions in axial loading. The 15° angle construct shows greater stiffness in torsional loading. PMID:26270750

  1. Effect of Twin Screw Granulator Process Parameters on Granule Attributes

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    Xu, Haosheng; Sayin, Ridade; Litster, James

    2014-01-01

    Twin screw wet granulation has been considered as an efficient and effective technique of manufacturing granules (agglomerates made up of small particles) and has been widely applied in pharmaceutical industry. However, narrow granule size distributions are difficult to achieve. This study aims to elucidate the effect of process parameters such as liquid feed rate and screw configuration on the granule attributes through granule characterization. The methods used are sieve analysis (for size ...

  2. Idealized Compression Ratio for a Screw Briquetting Press

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    Peter Biath; Juraj Ondruška

    2012-01-01

    This paper deals with issues in determining the ideal compression ratio for a screw briquetting press. First, the principles of operation and a basic description of the main parts of a screw briquetting press are introduced. The next section describes the pressing space by means of 3D software. The pressing space was created using a Boolean subtract function. The final section of the paper measures the partial volumes of the pressing chamber in CATIA V5 by function of measuring. The measured ...

  3. Screw thread parameter measurement system based on image processing method

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    Rao, Zhimin; Huang, Kanggao; Mao, Jiandong; Zhang, Yaya; Zhang, Fan

    2013-08-01

    In the industrial production, as an important transmission part, the screw thread is applied extensively in many automation equipments. The traditional measurement methods of screw thread parameter, including integrated test methods of multiparameters and the single parameter measurement method, belong to contact measurement method. In practical the contact measurement exists some disadvantages, such as relatively high time cost, introducing easily human error and causing thread damage. In this paper, as a new kind of real-time and non-contact measurement method, a screw thread parameter measurement system based on image processing method is developed to accurately measure the outside diameter, inside diameter, pitch diameter, pitch, thread height and other parameters of screw thread. In the system the industrial camera is employed to acquire the image of screw thread, some image processing methods are used to obtain the image profile of screw thread and a mathematics model is established to compute the parameters. The C++Builder 6.0 is employed as the software development platform to realize the image process and computation of screw thread parameters. For verifying the feasibility of the measurement system, some experiments were carried out and the measurement errors were analyzed. The experiment results show the image measurement system satisfies the measurement requirements and suitable for real-time detection of screw thread parameters mentioned above. Comparing with the traditional methods the system based on image processing method has some advantages, such as, non-contact, easy operation, high measuring accuracy, no work piece damage, fast error analysis and so on. In the industrial production, this measurement system can provide an important reference value for development of similar parameter measurement system.

  4. Research on Energy-Saving Operation of Screw Air Compressor

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    Chong liu; Dewen Kong; Maolin Cai

    2013-01-01

    Based on analysis of a screw air compressor volumetric efficiency under different discharge pressure conditions, this study establishes the mathematic model of the adiabatic compression power consumption. Under load/unload conditions, to change the offline pressure with step of 0.01 MPa, the power consumption floats up and down with the change of unloading and loading and then the screw compressor power consumption is simulated in MATLAB. The results shows that the optimal offline pressure ex...

  5. Failure load of patellar tendon grafts at the femoral side: 10- versus 20-mm-bone blocks.

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    Meuffels, Duncan E; Niggebrugge, Marnix J N; Verhaar, Jan A N

    2009-02-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate whether use of short bone blocks is safe in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Our hypothesis was that the smaller 10-mm-length bone blocks will fail at lower loads than 20-mm-bone blocks. Ten paired human cadaver knees were randomly assigned to the 10- or 20-mm group (group 1 and 2) and underwent bone-patellar tendon-bone femoral fixation with interference screw. Tensile tests were performed using a tensile testing machine (Instron). Stiffness, failure load and failure mode were recorded. Median stiffness was 72 N/mm (16-103) for 10-mm-bone blocks and 91 N/mm (40-130) for 20-mm-bone blocks. Median failure loads were 402 N (87-546) for 10-mm-long bone block and 456 N (163-636) for 20-mm-bone blocks. There was no statistically significant difference between groups (P = 0.35). All bone-patellar tendon-bone grafts were pulled out of the femoral tunnel with interference screw, due to slippage. We concluded that a 10-mm-long bone block was not significantly weaker than a 20-mm-long bone block. Failure loads of a 10-mm-bone block exceeded loading values at passive and active extension of the knee under normal conditions. Ten millimetre bone blocks offered sufficient fixation strength in ACL reconstruction. PMID:18839146

  6. Stress analysis of screws in the fuel channel fastener assembly

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    The function of fuel channel fastener assembly is to keep enough clearance between fuel channels, allowing the insertion of control rod and fixing the channel on the fuel bundle. The assembly device is not safety related component, however, in case of the screw breaking, it may cause loose parts, which might adversely affect the normal operation of inserting and pulling fuel assemblies, and/or the movement of the control rods. In this paper, the possible loading conditions applied to the fuel channel fastener assembly are considered to analyze the stress state in screw. In order to assess the improper positioning of fuel channel, explicit finite element procedures is employed to simulate the complex contact/impact behaviors occurring between the fastener assembly and the neighboring fuel channel or the fuel rack, in which the effects of dynamic impact on the screw and initial contact speed are the main concern. The analysis results reveal that the reduced neck close to the screw head has the highest stress. If the external loads drive the stress up to the yielding limit, crack initiation will occur on the screw neck and thereby, under the tensile loadings and reactor core environment, initiating intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) on the screw

  7. Bone reactions adjacent to titanium implants subjected to static load. A study in the dog (I)

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    Gotfredsen, K; Berglundh, T; Lindhe, J

    2001-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of lateral static load induced by an expansion force on the bone/implant interface and adjacent peri-implant bone. In 3 beagle dogs, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th mandibular premolars were extracted bilaterally. Twelve weeks later 8 implants of the ITI Dental...... Implant System were placed in each dog. Crowns connected in pairs were screwed on the implants 12 weeks after implant installation. The connected crowns contained an orthodontic expansion screw yielding 4 loading units in each dog. Clinical registrations, standardized radiographs and fluorochrome labeling...... were carried out during the 24-week loading period. Biopsies were harvested and processed for ground sectioning. The sections were subjected to histological examination. No evident marginal bone loss was observed at either test or control sites. The bone density and the mineralized bone-to-implant...

  8. Alveolar bone preservation subsequent to miniscrew implant placement in a canine model

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    Melsen, Birte; Huja, Sarandeep; Chien, Hua-Hong;

    2015-01-01

    implant placement on both sides, the bone preservation on the experimental side led to a need for a shorter clinical crown compared to the control side. A higher activity level of the bone in the experimental side was demonstrated histologically. CONCLUSION: In this dog model the insertion of a mini-implant...... control side. The bone volume within the cylinders was quantified. An insertion of a dental implant was simulated bilaterally at the insertion site. The height of the clinical crown and the alveolar crest were determined on both sides. The bone turnover was assessed histomorphometrically on un...... across the healing alveolar process results in increased density not only adjacent to the screws, but also in the region where a potential dental implant would be inserted. In humans, the insertion of transcortical screws may maintain bone when for various reasons insertion of a permanent dental implant...

  9. RELATION OF PLATE STRAIN AND DISTANCE BETWEEN PLATE AND BONE

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    Boonthum Wongchai

    2013-01-01

    The Limited Contact Dynamics Compression Plate (LC-DCP) is normally used in bone fractured with the locking screws. The released distance between the LC-DCP and the bone could bring about the convenience of periosteal blood transportation. However the exceeding distance may cause the plate strain reach yield point and make the LC-DCP deform into plastic zone. This research proposes a study of the effect of the distance between the LC-DCP and the bone on the strain in the LC-DCP. The strains a...

  10. The Use of Percutaneous Lumbar Fixation Screws for Bilateral Pedicle Fractures with an Associated Dislocation of a Lumbar Disc Prosthesis

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    William D. Harrison

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. Case report. Objective. To identify a safe technique for salvage surgery following complications of total disc replacement. Summary of Background Data. Lumbar total disc replacement (TDR is considered by some as the gold standard for discogenic back pain. Revision techniques for TDR and their complications are in their infancy. This case describes a successful method of fixation for this complex presentation. Methods and Results. A 48-year-old male with lumbar degenerative disc disease and no comorbidities. Approximately two weeks postoperatively for a TDR, the patient represented with acute severe back pain and the TDR polyethylene inlay was identified as dislocated anteriorly. Subsequent revision surgery failed immediately as the polyethylene inlay redislocated intraoperatively. Further radiology identified bilateral pedicle fractures, previously unseen on the plain films. The salvage fusion of L5/S1 reutilized the anterior approach with an interbody fusion cage and bone graft. The patient was then turned intraoperatively and redraped. The percutaneous pedicle screws were used to fix L5 to the sacral body via the paracoccygeal corridor. Conclusion. The robust locking screw in the percutaneous screw allowed a complete fixation of the pedicle fractures. At 3-year followup, the patient has an excellent result and has returned to playing golf.

  11. Is the lag screw sliding effective in the intramedullary nailing in A1 and A2 AO-OTA intertrochanteric fractures? A prospective study of Sliding and None-sliding lag screw in Gamma-III nail

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    Zhu Yi

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Object To compare the Sliding with Non-sliding lag screw of a gamma nail in the treatment of A1 and A2 AO-OTA intertrochanteric fractures. Materials and methods 80 patients were prospectively collected. In each group, AO/OTA 31-A were classified into group A. AO/OTA 31-A2.1 was classified as group B. We classified the A2.2 and A2.3 as group C. According to the set-screw locking formation of Gamma-III, the cases were randomly allocated to Sliding subgroup and Non-sliding subgroup in A, B and C groups. Follow-ups were performed 1, 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively. Results In the Sliding group, the bone healing rate 3, 6, 12 months postoperatively reached 85.00%, 97.50%, 100% in group A, B and C. Meanwhile, in Non-sliding group, postoperatively, bone healing rate were 90.00%, 95.00% and 97.50% in group A, B and C, respectively. Both differences were not significant. Lower limb discrepancy between Sliding and Non-sliding pattern was significantly different in group C which represent fracture types of AO/OTA 31-A2.2 and A2.3 (0.573 ± 0.019 mm in Non-sliding group, 0.955 mm ± 0.024 mm in Sliding group, P Conclusions As a result, we can conclude that the sliding distance is minimal in Gamma nails and it is related to the comminuted extent of the intertrochanteric area in A1 and A2 AO-OTA intertrochanteric fractures. For treating these kinds of fractures, the sliding of the lag screw of an Gamma nail does not improve any clinical results and in certain cases, such as highly comminuted A1 and A2 fractures, can therefore even benefit from a locked lag screw by tightening the set-screw.

  12. Fixation strength of biocomposite wedge interference screw in ACL reconstruction: effect of screw length and tunnel/screw ratio. A controlled laboratory study

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    Herrera Antonio

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Primary stability of the graft is essential in anterior cruciate ligament surgery. An optimal method of fixation should be easy to insert and provide great resistance against pull-out forces. A controlled laboratory study was designed to test the primary stability of ACL tendinous grafts in the tibial tunnel. The correlation between resistance to traction forces and the cross-section and length of the screw was studied. Methods The tibial phase of ACL reconstruction was performed in forty porcine tibias using digital flexor tendons of the same animal. An 8 mm tunnel was drilled in each specimen and two looped tendons placed as graft. Specimens were divided in five groups according to the diameter and length of the screw used for fixation. Wedge interference screws were used. Longitudinal traction was applied to the graft with a Servohydraulic Fatigue System. Load and displacement were controlled and analyzed. Results The mean loads to failure for each group were 295,44 N (Group 1; 9 × 23 screw, 564,05 N (Group 2; 9 × 28, 614,95 N (Group 3; 9 × 35, 651,14 N (Group 4; 10 × 28 and 664,99 (Group 5; 10 × 35. No slippage of the graft was observed in groups 3, 4 and 5. There were significant differences in the load to failure among groups (ANOVA/P Conclusions Longer and wider interference screws provide better fixation in tibial ACL graft fixation. Short screws (23 mm do not achieve optimal fixation and should be implanted only with special requirements.

  13. A general extrudate bulk density model for both twin-screw and single-screw extruder extrusion cooking processes

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    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan; Høeg Hansen, Jonas; Tolderlund Rasmussen, Hanne

    2010-01-01

    Effects of extrusion parameters and raw materials on extrudate expansion are respectively investigated in a twin-screw extruder and a single-screw extruder extrusion cooking experiments for fish feed, wheat, and oat & wheat mixture processing. A new phenomenological model is proposed to correlated extrudate bulk density, extrusion parameters and raw material changes based on the experimental results. The average absolute deviation (AAD) of the correlation is 2.2% for fish feed extrusion in th...

  14. Bone Densitometry (Bone Density Scan)

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    ... of DXA Bone Densitometry? What is a Bone Density Scan (DXA)? Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry ( ... is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive ...

  15. Comparison of the Mechanical Characteristics of a Universal Small Biplane Plating Technique Without Compression Screw and Single Anatomic Plate With Compression Screw.

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    Dayton, Paul; Ferguson, Joe; Hatch, Daniel; Santrock, Robert; Scanlan, Sean; Smith, Bret

    2016-01-01

    To better understand the mechanical characteristics of biplane locked plating in small bone fixation, the present study compared the stability under cyclic cantilever loading of a 2-plate locked biplane (BPP) construct without interfragmentary compression with that of a single-plate locked construct with an additional interfragmentary screw (SPS) using surrogate bone models simulating Lapidus arthrodesis. In static ultimate plantar bending, the BPP construct failed at significantly greater load than did the SPS construct (556.2 ± 37.1 N versus 241.6 ± 6.3 N, p = .007). For cyclic failure testing in plantar bending at a 180-N starting load, the BPP construct failed at a significantly greater number of cycles (158,322 ± 50,609 versus 13,718 ± 10,471 cycles) and failure load (242.5 ± 25.0 N versus 180.0 ± 0.0 N) than the SPS construct (p = .002). For cyclic failure testing in plantar bending at a 120-N starting load, the results were not significantly different between the BPP and SPS constructs for the number of cycles (207,646 ± 45,253 versus 159,334 ± 69,430) or failure load (205.0 ± 22.4 N versus 185.0 ± 33.5 N; p = .300). For cyclic testing with 90° offset loading (i.e., medial to lateral bending) at a 120-N starting load, all 5 BPP constructs (tension side) and 2 of the 5 SPS constructs reached 250,000 cycles without failure. Overall, the present study found the BPP construct to have superior or equivalent stability in multiplanar orientations of force application in both static and fatigue testing. Thus, the concept of biplane locked plating, using 2 low profile plates and unicortical screw insertion, shows promise in small bone fixation, because it provides consistent stability in multiplanar orientations, making it universally adaptable to many clinical situations. PMID:26872521

  16. Investigation of an 11mm diameter twin screw granulator: Screw element performance and in-line monitoring via image analysis.

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    Sayin, Ridade; Martinez-Marcos, Laura; Osorio, Juan G; Cruise, Paul; Jones, Ian; Halbert, Gavin W; Lamprou, Dimitrios A; Litster, James D

    2015-12-30

    As twin screw granulation (TSG) provides one with many screw element options, characterization of each screw element is crucial in optimizing the screw configuration in order to obtain desired granule attributes. In this study, the performance of two different screw elements - distributive feed screws and kneading elements - was studied in an 11 mm TSG at different liquid-to-solid (L/S) ratios. The kneading element configuration was found to break large granules more efficiently, leading to narrower granule size distributions. While pharmaceutical industry shifts toward continuous manufacturing, inline monitoring and process control are gaining importance. Granules from an 11 mm TSG were analysed using the Eyecon™, a real-time high speed direct imaging system, which has been used to capture accurate particle size distribution and particle count. The size parameters and particle count were then assessed in terms of their ability to be a suitable control measure using the Shewhart control charts. d10 and particle count were found to be good indicators of the change in L/S ratio. However, d50 and d90 did not reflect the change, due to their inherent variability even when the process is at steady state. PMID:26385406

  17. Short segment pedicle screw instrumentation and augmentation vertebroplasty in lumbar burst fractures: an experience.

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    Afzal, Suhail; Akbar, Saleem; Dhar, Shabir A

    2008-03-01

    To assess the efficacy and feasibility of vertebroplasty and posterior short-segment pedicle screw fixation for the treatment of traumatic lumbar burst fractures. Short-segment pedicle screw instrumentation is a well described technique to reduce and stabilize thoracic and lumbar spine fractures. It is relatively a easy procedure but can only indirectly reduce a fractured vertebral body, and the means of augmenting the anterior column are limited. Hardware failure and a loss of reduction are recognized complications caused by insufficient anterior column support. Patients with traumatic lumbar burst fractures without neurologic deficits were included. After a short segment posterior reduction and fixation, bilateral transpedicular reduction of the endplate was performed using a balloon, and polymethyl methacrylate cement was injected. Pre-operative and post-operative central and anterior heights were assessed with radiographs and MRI. Sixteen patients underwent this procedure, and a substantial reduction of the endplates could be achieved with the technique. All patients recovered uneventfully, and the neurologic examination revealed no deficits. The post-operative radiographs and magnetic resonance images demonstrated a good fracture reduction and filling of the bone defect without unwarranted bone displacement. The central and anterior height of the vertebral body could be restored to 72 and 82% of the estimated intact height, respectively. Complications were cement leakage in three cases without clinical implications and one superficial wound infection. Posterior short-segment pedicle fixation in conjunction with balloon vertebroplasty seems to be a feasible option in the management of lumbar burst fractures, thereby addressing all the three columns through a single approach. Although cement leakage occurred but had no clinical consequences or neurological deficit. PMID:18193300

  18. Helical Screw Expander Evaluation Project. Final report

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    McKay, R.

    1982-03-01

    A functional 1-MW geothermal electric power plant that featured a helical screw expander was produced and then tested in Utah in 1978 to 1979 with a demonstrated average performance of approximately 45% machine efficiency over a wide range of test conditions in noncondensing operation on two-phase geothermal fluids. The Project also produced a computer-equipped data system, an instrumentation and control van, and a 1000-kW variable load bank, all integrated into a test array designed for operation at a variety of remote test sites. Additional testing was performed in Mexico in 1980 under a cooperative test program using the same test array, and machine efficiency was measured at 62% maximum with the rotors partially coated with scale, compared with approximately 54% maximum in Utah with uncoated rotors, confirming the importance of scale deposits within the machine on performance. Data are presented for the Utah testing and for the noncondensing phases of the testing in Mexico. Test time logged was 437 hours during the Utah tests and 1101 hours during the Mexico tests.

  19. Supermassive screwed cosmic string in dilaton gravity

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    Bezerra, V B; Cuesta, H J M; Bezerra, Valdir B.; Ferreira, Cristine N.; Cuesta, Herman J. Mosquera

    2006-01-01

    The early Universe might have undergone phase transitions at energy scales much higher than the one corresponding to the Grand Unified Theories (GUT) scales. Then, at these higher energy scales, the transition at which gravity separated from all other interactions, the Planck era, more massive strings called supermassive cosmic strings, could be produced, with energy of about 10^{19}GeV. The dynamics of strings formed with this energy scale cannot be described by means of the weak-field approximation, as in the standard procedure for ordinary GUT cosmic strings. As suggested by string theories, at this extreme energies, gravity may be transmitted by some kind of scalar field (usually called the dilaton in addition to the tensor field of Einstein's theory of gravity. In this framework is then permissible to tackle the question regarding the dynamics of supermassive cosmic strings that may arise at this energy scale. With this aim we obtain the gravitational field of a supermassive screwed cosmic string in a sc...

  20. Posterior cervical spine arthrodesis with laminar screws: a report of two cases

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    Nakanishi, Kazuo; Tanaka, Masato; Sugimoto, Yoshihisa; Ozaki,Toshifumi

    2007-01-01

    We performed fixation using laminar screws in 2 patients in whom lateral mass screws, pedicle screws or transarticular screws could not be inserted. One was a 56-year-old woman who had anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS). When a guide wire was inserted using an imaging guide, the hole bled massively. We thought the re-insertion of a guide wire or screw would thus increase the risk of vascular injury, so we used laminar screws. The other case was an 18-year-old man who had a hangman fractu...

  1. Low Bone Density

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    ... Density Exam/Testing › Low Bone Density Low Bone Density Low bone density is when your bone density ... people with normal bone density. Detecting Low Bone Density A bone density test will determine whether you ...

  2. USE OF THE PFO® NUT IN TREATING FRACTURES OF THE PROXIMAL THIRD OF THE HUMERUS IN PATIENTS WITH BONE FRAGILITY

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    Miyazaki, Alberto Naoki; Fregoneze, Marcelo; Santos, Pedro Doneux; da Silva, Luciana Andrade; Pires, Davi Calixto; Mota Neto, Jose da; de Camargo Rossato, Luis Henrique; Checchia, Sergio Luiz

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical results from application of the PFO® bone fixation nut, which was developed for use with 4.5 mm cortical screws, and to analyze any complications or bone reactions caused by this synthesis in porotic bone. Method: Between May 1999 and November 2007, the PFO® nut was used on 23 patients who underwent osteosynthesis with a PFS 80® plate in the proximal segment, to treat acute fractures, pseudarthrosis or defective consolidations. The average age of the patien...

  3. Enhancing the mechanical integrity of the implant-bone interface with BoneWelding technology: determination of quasi-static interfacial strength and fatigue resistance.

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    Ferguson, Stephen J; Weber, Urs; von Rechenberg, Brigitte; Mayer, Joerg

    2006-04-01

    The BoneWelding technology is an innovative bonding method, which offers new alternatives in the treatment of fractures and other degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The BoneWelding process employs ultrasonic energy to liquefy a polymeric interface between orthopaedic implants and the host bone. Polymer penetrates the pores of the surrounding bone and, following a rapid solidification, forms a strong and uniform bond between implant and bone. Biomechanical testing was performed to determine the quasi-static push-out strength and fatigue performance of 3.5-mm-diameter polymeric dowels bonded to a bone surrogate material (Sawbones solid and cellular polyurethane foam) using the BoneWelding process. Fatigue tests were conducted over 100,000 cycles of 20-100 N loading. Mechanical test results were compared with those obtained with a comparably-sized, commercial metallic fracture fixation screw. Tests in surrogate bone material of varying density demonstrated significantly superior mechanical performance of the bonded dowels in comparison to conventional bone screws (p Ultrasonically inserted implants migrated, on average, less than 20 microm over, and interfacial stiffness remained constant the full duration of fatigue testing. With further refinement, the BoneWelding technology may offer a quicker, simpler, and more effective method for achieving strong fixation and primary stability for fracture fixation or other orthopaedic and dental implant applications. PMID:16211571

  4. The best location for proximal locking screw for femur interlocking nailing: A biomechanical study

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    Karaarslan, Ahmet A; Karakaşli, Ahmet; Aycan, Hakan; Çeçen, Berivan; Yildiz, Didem Venüs; Sesli, Erhan

    2016-01-01

    Background: Proximal locking screw deformation and screw fracture is a frequently seen problem for femur interlocking nailing that affects fracture healing. We realized that there is lack of literature for the right level for the proximal locking screw. We investigated the difference of locking screw bending resistance between the application of screws on different proximal femoral levels. Materials and Methods: We used a total of 80 proximal locking screws for eight groups, 10 screws for each group. Three-point bending tests were performed on four types of screws in two different trochanteric levels (the lesser trochanter and 20 mm proximal). We determined the yield points at three-point bending tests that a permanent deformation started in the locking screws using an axial compression testing machine. Results: The mean yield point value of 5 mm threaded locking screws applied 20 mm proximal of lesser trochanter was 1022 ± 49 (range 986–1057) (mean ± standard deviation, 95% confidence interval). On the other hand, the mean yield point value of the same type of locking screws applied on the lesser trochanteric level was 2089 ± 249 (range 1911–2268). Which means 103% increase of screw resistance between two levels (P = 0.000). In all screw groups, on the lesser trochanter line we determined 98–174% higher than the yield point values of the same type of locking screws in comparison with 20 mm proximal to the lesser trochanter (P = 0.000). Conclusion: According to our findings, there is twice as much difference in locking screw bending resistance between these two application levels. To avoid proximal locking screw deformation, locking screws should be placed in the level of the lesser trochanter in nailing of 1/3 middle and distal femur fractures. PMID:26955183

  5. Numerical simulation of a twin screw expander for performance prediction

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    Papes, Iva; Degroote, Joris; Vierendeels, Jan

    2015-08-01

    With the increasing use of twin screw expanders in waste heat recovery applications, the performance prediction of these machines plays an important role. This paper presents a mathematical model for calculating the performance of a twin screw expander. From the mass and energy conservation laws, differential equations are derived which are then solved together with the appropriate Equation of State in the instantaneous control volumes. Different flow processes that occur inside the screw expander such as filling (accompanied by a substantial pressure loss) and leakage flows through the clearances are accounted for in the model. The mathematical model employs all geometrical parameters such as chamber volume, suction and leakage areas. With R245fa as working fluid, the Aungier Redlich-Kwong Equation of State has been used in order to include real gas effects. To calculate the mass flow rates through the leakage paths formed inside the screw expander, flow coefficients are considered as constant and they are derived from 3D Computational Fluid Dynamic calculations at given working conditions and applied to all other working conditions. The outcome of the mathematical model is the P-V indicator diagram which is compared to CFD results of the same twin screw expander. Since CFD calculations require significant computational time, developed mathematical model can be used for the faster performance prediction.

  6. Studies on positive conveying in helically channeled single screw extruders

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    L. Pan

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available A solids conveying theory called double-flight driving theory was proposed for helically channeled single screw extruders. In the extruder, screw channel rotates against static barrel channel, which behaves as cooperative embedded twin-screws for the positive conveying. They turn as two parallel arc plates, between which an arc-plate solid-plug was assumed. By analyzing the forces on the solid-plug in the barrel channel and screw channel, the boundary conditions when the solid-plug is waived of being cut off on barrel wall, were found to have the capacity of the positive conveying. Experimental data were obtained using a specially designed extruder with a helically channeled barrel in the feeding zone and a pressure-adjustable die. The effects of the barrel channel geometry and friction coefficients on the conveying mechanism were presented and compared with the experimental results. The simulations showed that the positive conveying could be achieved after optimizing extruder designs. Compared with the traditional design with the friction-drag conveying, the throughput is higher while screw torque and energy consumption are decreased. Besides, the design criteria of the barrel channel were also discussed.

  7. Screw theoretic view on dynamics of spatially compliant beam

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    Xi-lun DING; J.M.SELIG

    2010-01-01

    Beams with spatial compliance can be deformed as bending in a plane,twisting,and extending.In terms of the screw theory on rigid body motions,the concept of"deflection screw"is introduced,a spatial compliant beam theory via the deflection screw is proposed,and the spatial compliance of such a beam system is presented and analysed based on the material theory and fundamental kinematic assumptions.To study the dynamics of the spatially compliant beam,the potential energy and the kinetic energy of the beam are discussed by using the screw theory to obtain the Lagrangian.The Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to compute the vibrational frequencies based on discussions of boundary conditions and shape functions.The eigenfrequencies of the beam with spatial compliance are compared with those of individual deformation cases,pure bending,extension,or torsion.Finally,dynamics of a robot with two spatial compliant links and perpendicular joints is studied using the spatial compliant beam theory.Coupling between the joint rigid body motions and the deformations of spatial compliant links can easily be found in dynamic simulation.The study shows the effectiveness of using the screw theory to deal with the problems of dynamic modeling and analysis of mechanisms with spatially compliant links.

  8. Treatment of scaphoid waist fractures with the HCS screw

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    Gehrmann, Sebastian V.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical results of the Headless Compression Screw (HCS, Synthes when used for treatment of acute scaphoid waist fractures. The new screw design generates interfragmentary compression with use of a compression sleeve. Twenty-one patients were treated for acute scaphoid waist fractures type B2 with HCS screws. The average time to the final follow-up examination was 12.8 months. All 21 fractures united after a mean time of 7.2 weeks. The mean DASH score was 7.1. The average motion of the wrist in extension was 61°, flexion was 46°, radial abduction reached 25° and the ulnar abduction was 31°. The maximally achieved grip strength was 86% compared to the uninjured side. Treatment of type B2 scaphoid fractures with the Headless Compression Screw showed good functional and radiographic results. The results are similar to those identified using other screw fixation systems.

  9. Endovascular aortic injury repair after thoracic pedicle screw placement.

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    Pesenti, S; Bartoli, M A; Blondel, B; Peltier, E; Adetchessi, T; Fuentes, S

    2014-09-01

    Our objective was to describe the management and prevention of thoracic aortic injuries caused by a malposition of pedicle screws in corrective surgery of major spine deformities. Positioning pedicle screws in thoracic vertebras by posterior approach exposes to the risk of injury of the elements placed ahead of the thoracic spine, as the descending thoracic aorta. This complication can result in a cataclysmic bleeding, needing urgent vascular care, but it can also be totally asymptomatic, resulting in the long run in a pseudoaneurysm, justifying the systematic removal of the hardware. We report the case of a 76-year-old woman who underwent spinal correction surgery for thoraco-lumbar degenerative kypho-scoliosis. Immediately after the surgery, a thoracic aortic injury caused by the left T7 pedicle screw was diagnosed. The patient underwent a two-step surgery. The first step was realized by vascular surgeons and aimed to secure the aortic wall by short endovascular aortic grafting. During the second step, spine surgeons removed the responsible screw by posterior approach. The patient was discharged in a rehabilitation center 7 days after the second surgery. When such a complication occurs, a co-management by vascular and spine surgeons is necessary to avoid major complications. Endovascular management of this kind of vascular injuries permits to avoid an open surgery that have a great rate of morbi-mortality in frail patients. Nowadays, technologies exist to prevent this kind of event and may improve the security when positioning pedicle screws. PMID:25023930

  10. Bone tumor

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    ... physical exam. Tests that may be done include: Alkaline phosphatase blood level Bone biopsy Bone scan Chest x- ... also affect the results of the following tests: Alkaline phosphatase isoenzyme Blood calcium level Parathyroid hormone Blood phosphorus ...

  11. Biomechanical optimization of the diameter of distraction screw in distraction implant by three-dimensional finite element analysis.

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    Lu, Songhe; Li, Tao; Zhang, Yongqiang; Lu, Chunlei; Sun, Yingying; Zhang, Junrui; Xu, Dezhong

    2013-11-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) finite element models of a posterior mandibular segment and a distraction implant (DI) were created and assembled in this study. The diameter of distraction screw (DS) was set as input variable, ranging from 1.0 to 3.0mm, to analyze the stress and displacement, in order to obtain an optimal outcome of the DI. The results indicate that when the diameter of DS was 2.0mm, the stresses in jaw bone and DS and the displacement of DS reached a relatively low range. The diameter of DS significantly affects the stress distribution in DI and surrounding bone. The present study demonstrates that from clinical and biomechanical points of view, the optimal diameter of DS is 2.0mm. PMID:24209940

  12. FUNCTIONAL OUTCOME OF ARTHROSCOPY ASSISTED ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION USING BONE PATELLAR TENDON BONE AUTOGRAFT

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    Vinod Kumar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL is one of the most frequently injured ligaments in the human body. 1 The Anterior Cruciate ligament (ACL is the primary stabilizer of the knee and prevents the knee against anterior translation. 2 It is also important in counteracting rotational and valgus stress. 1 The middle third of the patellar tendon autograft for ACL reconstruction can be readily procured and firmly fixed. 3 It can tolerate the loads produced by an intensive rehabilitation programme. 3 Fixation of bone plugs using interference screws provides sufficient stability to meet the demand of a vigorous postoperative protocol. 3 It remains the gold standard for ACL reconstruction. 3 This study is to assess the functional outcome of arthroscopy assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone patellar tendon bone autograft. METHODS: This study was conducted in Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital from November 2012 to April 2014. During this period 20 cases of adult patients with ACL deficient patients were selected according to the inclusion criteria. Study aims to assess the functional outcome of arthroscopy assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone - patellar tendon - bone autograft in terms of range of motion, postoperative knee stability, graft site morbidity and subjective knee functions. RESULTS: Results of our study showed that arthroscopy assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with bone - patellar tendon - bone autograft could effectively improve knee stability and functions after surgery without any complication. CONCLUSION : Arthroscopy assisted anterior cruciate l igament reconstruction with bone - patellar tendon - bone autograft is an excellent treatment option for anterior cruciate ligament deficient knees. It provides a stable knee and reduces postoperative morbidity and enables early rehabilitation. The functional outcome of arthroscopy assisted anterior

  13. Augmentation of tendon-to-bone healing.

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    Atesok, Kivanc; Fu, Freddie H; Wolf, Megan R; Ochi, Mitsuo; Jazrawi, Laith M; Doral, M Nedim; Lubowitz, James H; Rodeo, Scott A

    2014-03-19

    Tendon-to-bone healing is vital to the ultimate success of the various surgical procedures performed to repair injured tendons. Achieving tendon-to-bone healing that is functionally and biologically similar to native anatomy can be challenging because of the limited regeneration capacity of the tendon-bone interface. Orthopaedic basic-science research strategies aiming to augment tendon-to-bone healing include the use of osteoinductive growth factors, platelet-rich plasma, gene therapy, enveloping the grafts with periosteum, osteoconductive materials, cell-based therapies, biodegradable scaffolds, and biomimetic patches. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound and extracorporeal shockwave treatment may affect tendon-to-bone healing by means of mechanical forces that stimulate biological cascades at the insertion site. Application of various loading methods and immobilization times influence the stress forces acting on the recently repaired tendon-to-bone attachment, which eventually may change the biological dynamics of the interface. Other approaches, such as the use of coated sutures and interference screws, aim to deliver biological factors while achieving mechanical stability by means of various fixators. Controlled Level-I human trials are required to confirm the promising results from in vitro or animal research studies elucidating the mechanisms underlying tendon-to-bone healing and to translate these results into clinical practice. PMID:24647509

  14. FEM evaluation of cemented-retained versus screw-retained dental implant single-tooth crown prosthesis.

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    Cicciu, Marco; Bramanti, Ennio; Matacena, Giada; Guglielmino, Eugenio; Risitano, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    Prosthetic rehabilitation of partial or total edentulous patients is today a challenge for clinicians and dental practitioners. The application of dental implants in order to recover areas of missing teeth is going to be a predictable technique, however some important points about the implant angulation, the stress distribution over the bone tissue and prosthetic components should be well investigated for having final long term clinical results. Two different system of the prosthesis fixation are commonly used. The screw retained crown and the cemented retained one. All of the two restoration techniques give to the clinicians several advantages and some disadvantages. Aim of this work is to evaluate all the mechanical features of each system, through engineering systems of investigations like FEM and Von Mises analyses. The FEM is today a useful tool for the prediction of stress effect upon material and biomaterial under load or strengths. Specifically three different area has been evaluated through this study: the dental crown with the bone interface; the passant screw connection area; the occlusal surface of the two different type of crown. The elastic features of the materials used in the study have been taken from recent literature data. Results revealed an adequate response for both type of prostheses, although cemented retained one showed better results over the occlusal area. PMID:24955150

  15. FEM evaluation of cemented-retained versus screw-retained dental implant single-tooth crown prosthesis

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    Cicciu, Marco; Bramanti, Ennio; Matacena, Giada; Guglielmino, Eugenio; Risitano, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    Prosthetic rehabilitation of partial or total edentulous patients is today a challenge for clinicians and dental practitioners. The application of dental implants in order to recover areas of missing teeth is going to be a predictable technique, however some important points about the implant angulation, the stress distribution over the bone tissue and prosthetic components should be well investigated for having final long term clinical results. Two different system of the prosthesis fixation are commonly used. The screw retained crown and the cemented retained one. All of the two restoration techniques give to the clinicians several advantages and some disadvantages. Aim of this work is to evaluate all the mechanical features of each system, through engineering systems of investigations like FEM and Von Mises analyses. The FEM is today a useful tool for the prediction of stress effect upon material and biomaterial under load or strengths. Specifically three different area has been evaluated through this study: the dental crown with the bone interface; the passant screw connection area; the occlusal surface of the two different type of crown. The elastic features of the materials used in the study have been taken from recent literature data. Results revealed an adequate response for both type of prostheses, although cemented retained one showed better results over the occlusal area. PMID:24955150

  16. Screw Performance Degradation Assessment Based on Quantum Genetic Algorithm and Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Network

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    Xiaochen Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the performance of ball screw, screw performance degradation assessment technology based on quantum genetic algorithm (QGA and dynamic fuzzy neural network (DFNN is studied. The ball screw of the CINCINNATIV5-3000 machining center is treated as the study object. Two Kistler 8704B100M1 accelerometers and a Kistler 8765A250M5 three-way accelerometer are installed to monitor the degradation trend of screw performance. First, screw vibration signal features are extracted both in time domain and frequency domain. Then the feature vectors can be obtained by principal component analysis (PCA. Second, the initialization parameters of the DFNN are optimized by means of QGA. Finally, the feature vectors are inputted to DFNN for training and then get the screw performance degradation model. The experiment results show that the screw performance degradation model could effectively evaluate the performance of NC machine screw.

  17. Error Analysis of Robotic Assembly System Based on Screw Theory

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    韩卫军; 费燕琼; 赵锡芳

    2003-01-01

    Assembly errors have great influence on assembly quality in robotic assembly systems. Error analysis is directed to the propagations and accumula-tions of various errors and their effect on assembly success.Using the screw coordinates, assembly errors are represented as "error twist", the extremely compact expression. According to the law of screw composition, relative position and orientation errors of mating parts are computed and the necessary condition of assembly success is concluded. A new simple method for measuring assembly errors is also proposed based on the transformation law of a screw.Because of the compact representation of error, the model presented for error analysis can be applied to various part- mating types and especially useful for error analysis of complexity assembly.

  18. Augmentation of Pedicle Screw Fixation with Calcium Phosphate Cement

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    YANG Shu-hua; FU De-hao; LI Jin; XU Wei-hua; YANG Cao; YE Zhe-wei; ZUO Xiao-yan

    2004-01-01

    To determine whether a biodegradable calcium phosphate cement(CPC) provides significant augmentation of pedicle screw fixation or not,an in vitro biomechanical study was carried out to evaluate the biomechanical effect of CPC in the restoration and augmentation of pedicle screw fixation.Axial pullout test and cyclic bending resistance test were employed in the experiment,and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) was chosen as control.The results demonstrate that the pullout strengths following CPC restoration and augmentation are 74% greater on an average than those of the control group,but less than those of PMMA restoration group and augmentation group respectively (increased by 126% versus control).In cyclic bending resistance test,the CPC augmented screws are found to withstand a greater number of cycles or greater loading with less displacement before loosening,but the augmentation effect of PMMA is greater than that of CPC.

  19. In vitro evaluation of flexural strength of different brands of expansion screws

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    Kádna Fernanda Mendes de Oliveira; Mário Vedovello Filho; Mayury Kuramae; Adriana Simoni Lucato; Heloisa Cristina Valdhigi

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the flexural strength of the stems of three maxillary expanders screws of Morelli, Forestadent and Dentaurum brands. METHODS: The sample consisted of nine expander screws (totalizing of 36 stems), three from each brand, all stainless steel and 12 mm of expansion capacity. The stems of the expander screws were cut with cutting pliers close to the weld region with screw body, then fixed in a universal testing machine Instron 4411 for tests o...

  20. A rationale method for evaluating unscrewing torque values of prosthetic screws in dental implants

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    Felipe Miguel Saliba; Mayra Cardoso; Marcelo Ferreira Torres; Alexandre Carvalho Teixeira; Eduardo José Veras Lourenço; Daniel de Moraes Telles

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Previous studies that evaluated the torque needed for removing dental implant screws have not considered the manner of transfer of the occlusal loads in clinical settings. Instead, the torque used for removal was applied directly to the screw, and most of them omitted the possibility that the hexagon could limit the action of the occlusal load in the loosening of the screws. The present study proposes a method for evaluating the screw removal torque in an anti-rotational device in...

  1. A Novel Blasted and Grooved Low Profile Pedicle Screw Able to Resist High Compression Bending Loads

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    Kuh, Sung-Uk; Kim, Young-Sung; Choi, Hong-June; Kim, Kyung-Hyun; Park, Jeong-Yoon; Jeong, Hyun-Yong; Chin, Dong-Kyu; Kim, Keun-Su; Yoon, Young-Sul; Lee, Yoon-Chul; Cho, Yong-Eun

    2012-01-01

    Objective Polyaxial pedicle screws are a safe, useful adjunct to transpedicular fixation. However, the large screw head size can cause soft tissue irritation, high rod positioning, and facet joint injury. However, the mechanical resistance provided by small and low profile pedicle screws is very limited. We therefore developed a novel, low profile pedicle screw using grooving and blasting treatment that is able to resist a high compression bending load. Methods We evaluated the compression be...

  2. Extraction of oil from jatropha seeds using a twin-screw extruder: Feasibility study

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    Evon, Philippe; Kartika, Ika Amalia; Cerny, Muriel; Rigal, Luc

    2013-01-01

    International audience The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of mechanical pressing to extract oil from jatropha seeds using a twin-screw extruder. Experiments were conducted using a co-rotating (Clextral BC 21, France) twin-screw extruder. The influence of operating conditions on oil yield, specific mechanical energy and oil quality was examined. Operating conditions included screw configuration, pressing temperature and screw rotation speed. Generally, it was the sc...

  3. Transverse lag screw fixation in midline mandibulotomy. A case series.

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    Serletti, J M; Pacella, S J; Coniglio, J U; Norante, J D

    2000-03-01

    Vertical midline mandibulotomy has provided a relatively simple and efficient means of obtaining access to intraoral tumors that are too large or too posterior to be removed transorally. Midline mandibulotomy has had the advantage of nerve and muscle preservation and places the osteotomy outside the typical field of radiotherapy, in contrast to lateral and paramedian osteotomies. Plate and screw fixation has been the usual means of osteosynthesis for these mandibulotomies; however, plate contouring over the symphyseal surface has been a time-consuming process. Unless the plate was contoured exactly, mandibular malalignment and malocclusion in dentulous patients has occurred. Use of parallel transverse lag screws has become a popular method of osteosynthesis for parasymphyseal fractures, and we have extended their use for mandibulotomy fixation. This paper reports our clinical experience with transverse lag screw fixation of midline mandibulotomies in 9 patients from 1994 to 1997. There were 7 men and 2 women with a mean age of 56 (range 35 to 71 years). The pathological diagnosis in all patients was squamous cell carcinoma; 8 cases were primary, and 1 patient presented with recurrent tumor. No tumors involved the mandibular periosteum. One patient had had previous radiotherapy, and 3 patients underwent postoperative radiotherapy. The mean follow-up has been 17 months (range 9 to 27). There was 1 minor complication and 1 major complication related to our technique. The major complication was a delayed nonunion of the mandibulotomy. This occurred because the 2 parallel screws were placed too close to one another, and this placement resulted in a delayed sagittal fracture of the anterior cortex and subsequent nonunion. Transverse lag screw fixation has not affected occlusion in our dentulous patients. Speech and diet were normal in the majority of our patients. Transverse lag screw fixation of the midline mandibulotomy has been a relatively safe, rapid, and reliable

  4. Idealized Compression Ratio for a Screw Briquetting Press

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    Peter Biath

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with issues in determining the ideal compression ratio for a screw briquetting press. First, the principles of operation and a basic description of the main parts of a screw briquetting press are introduced. The next section describes the pressing space by means of 3D software. The pressing space was created using a Boolean subtract function. The final section of the paper measures the partial volumes of the pressing chamber in CATIA V5 by function of measuring. The measured values are substituted into the formula for the compression ratio, and the resulting evaluations are presented in the diagram in the conclusion of this paper.

  5. Simulation of structure and annihilation of screw dislocation dipoles

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    Rasmussen, Torben; Vegge, Tejs; Leffers, Torben; Pedersen, O. B.; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2000-01-01

    Large scale atomistic simulations are used to investigate the properties of screw dislocation dipoles in copper. Spontaneous annihilation is observed for dipole heights less than 1 nm. Equilibrated dipoles of heights larger than 1 nm adopt a skew configuration due to the elastic anisotropy of Cu....... The equilibrium splitting width of the screw dislocations decreases with decreasing dipole height, as expected from elasticity theory. The energy barriers, and corresponding transition states for annihilation of stable dipoles are determined for straight and for flexible dislocations for dipole...

  6. A technique for removal of a fractured implant abutment screw.

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    Kurt, Murat; Güler, Ahmet Umut; Duran, İbrahim

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this technique report was to present a procedure for removal of a fractured implant abutment screw. Whatever the cause, when an abutment fracture has occurred, the fractured screw segment inside the implant must be removed. The methods used by the clinicians may include the use of an endo-explorer self-made screwdriver and the use of implant repair kit available for some implant systems. The advantage of the presented method is that it may be extended to other implant systems that do not have a special repair kit and also that the technique is simple and does not require special equipment. PMID:21905898

  7. Determination of the of rate cross slip of screw dislocations

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    Vegge, Tejs; Rasmussen, Torben; Leffers, Torben;

    2000-01-01

    The rate for cross slip of screw dislocations during annihilation of screw dipoles in copper is determined by molecular dynamics simulations. The temperature dependence of the rate is seen to obey an Arrhenius behavior in the investigated temperature range: 225-375 K. The activation energy and the...... effective attempt frequency can therefore he extracted from the simulations. The transition state energy for the annihilation process is calculated by identifying the transition state using the nudged elastic band path technique. The two activation energies agree very well, indicating that transition state...

  8. Posterior cervical spine arthrodesis with laminar screws. A report of two cases

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    We performed fixation using laminar screws in 2 patients in whom lateral mass screws, pedicle screws or transarticular screws could not be inserted. One was a 56-year-old woman who had anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS). When a guide wire was inserted using an imaging guide, the hole bled massively. We thought the re-insertion of a guide wire or screw would thus increase the risk of vascular injury, so we used laminar screws. The other case was an 18-year-old man who had a hangman fracture. Preoperative magnetic resonance angiography showed occlusion of the left vertebral artery. A laminar screw was inserted into the patent side (i.e., the right side of C2). Cervical pedicle screws are the most biomechanically stable screws. However, their use carries a high risk of neurovascular complications during screw insertion, because the cervical pedicle is small and is adjacent laterally to the vertebral artery, medially to the spinal cord, and vertically to the nerve roots. Lateral mass screws are also reported to involve a risk of neurovascular injuries. The laminar screw method was thus thought to be useful, since arterial injuries could thus be avoided and it could also be used as a salvage modality for the previous misinsertion. (author)

  9. Posterior cervical spine arthrodesis with laminar screws: a report of two cases

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    Sugimoto,Yoshihisa

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available We performed fixation using laminar screws in 2 patients in whom lateral mass screws, pedicle screws or transarticular screws could not be inserted. One was a 56-year-old woman who had anterior atlantoaxial subluxation (AAS. When a guide wire was inserted using an imaging guide, the hole bled massively. We thought the re-insertion of a guide wire or screw would thus increase the risk of vascular injury, so we used laminar screws. The other case was an 18-year-old man who had a hangman fracture. Preoperative magnetic resonance angiography showed occlusion of the left vertebral artery. A laminar screw was inserted into the patent side (i.e., the right side of C2. Cervical pedicle screws are the most biomechanically stable screws. However, their use carries a high risk of neurovascular complications during screw insertion, because the cervical pedicle is small and is adjacent laterally to the vertebral artery, medially to the spinal cord, and vertically to the nerve roots. Lateral mass screws are also reported to involve a risk of neurovascular injuries. The laminar screw method was thus thought to be useful, since arterial injuries could thus be avoided and it could also be used as a salvage modality for the previous misinsertion.

  10. Conceptual framework for model-based analysis of residence time distribution in twin-screw granulation

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    Kumar, Ashish; Vercruysse, Jurgen; Vanhoorne, Valerie;

    2015-01-01

    Twin-screw granulation is a promising continuous alternative for traditional batchwise wet granulation processes. The twin-screw granulator (TSG) screws consist of transport and kneading element modules. Therefore, the granulation to a large extent is governed by the residence time distribution w...

  11. Angled Screw Channel: An Alternative to Cemented Single-Implant Restorations--Three Clinical Examples.

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    Gjelvold, Björn; Sohrabi, Majid Melvin; Chrcanovic, Bruno Ramos

    2016-01-01

    This article presents three cases of single labially tilted implants restored with screw-retained single crowns. Individualized abutments with an angled screw channel were used to avoid an unesthetic vestibular access channel. This individualized abutment allows the dentist and dental technician to use the screw-retained restorations where a cemented reconstruction would otherwise have been needed. PMID:26757334

  12. The best location for proximal locking screw for femur interlocking nailing: A biomechanical study

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    Ahmet A Karaarslan

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: According to our findings, there is twice as much difference in locking screw bending resistance between these two application levels. To avoid proximal locking screw deformation, locking screws should be placed in the level of the lesser trochanter in nailing of 1/3 middle and distal femur fractures.

  13. Acrylic resin guide for locating the abutment screw access channel of cement-retained implant prostheses.

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    Ahmed, Ayman; Maroulakos, Georgios; Garaicoa, Jorge

    2016-05-01

    Abutment screw loosening represents a common and challenging technical complication of cement-retained implant prostheses. This article describes the fabrication of a simple and accurate poly(methyl methacrylate) guide for identifying the location and angulation of the abutment screw access channel of a cement-retained implant prosthesis with a loosened abutment screw. PMID:26794698

  14. Failure load of patellar tendon grafts at the femoral side: 10- versus 20-mm-bone blocks

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    Meuffels, Duncan; Niggebrugge, Marnix; Verhaar, Jan

    2009-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of the study was to investigate whether use of short bone blocks is safe in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Our hypothesis was that the smaller 10-mm-length bone blocks will fail at lower loads than 20-mm-bone blocks. Ten paired human cadaver knees were randomly assigned to the 10- or 20-mm group (group 1 and 2) and underwent bone-patellar tendon-bone femoral fixation with interference screw. Tensile tests were performed using a tensile testing machine (In...

  15. Changes in the surface of bone and acid-etched and sandblasted implants following implantation and removal

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    Eroglu, Cennet Neslihan; Ertugrul, Abdullah Seckin; Eskitascioglu, Murat; Eskitascioglu, Gurcan

    2016-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether there are any changes in the surface of bone or implant structures following the removal of a screwed dental implant. Materials and Methods: For this, six individual samples of acid-etched and sandblasted implants from three different manufacturers’ implant systems were used. They were screwed in a D1 bovine bone, and they were removed after primary stabilization. The bone and implant surfaces are evaluated with scanning electron microscope. Results: Through examination of the surfaces of the bone prior to implantation and of the used and unused implant surfaces, it was found that inhomogeneity in the implant surface can cause microcracking in the bone. Conclusions: This is attributed to the stress induced during the implantation of self-tapping implants and suggests that a tap drill may be required in some instances to protect the implant surface. PMID:27011744

  16. Comparison of 2D and 3D navigation techniques for percutaneous screw insertion into the scaphoid: results of an experimental cadaver study.

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    Catala-Lehnen, Philip; Nüchtern, Jakob V; Briem, Daniel; Klink, Thorsten; Rueger, Johannes M; Lehmann, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    Navigation in hand surgery is still in the process of development. Initial studies have demonstrated the feasibility of 2D and 3D navigation for the palmar approach in scaphoid fractures, but a comparison of the possibilities of 2D and 3D navigation for the dorsal approach is still lacking. The aim of the present work was to test navigation for the dorsal approach in the scaphoid using cadaver bones. After development of a special radiolucent resting splint for the dorsal approach, we performed 2D- and 3D-navigated scaphoid osteosynthesis in 12 fresh-frozen cadaver forearms using a headless compression screw (Synthes). The operation time, radiation time, number of trials for screw insertion, and screw positions were analyzed. In six 2D-navigated screw osteosyntheses, we found two false positions with an average radiation time of 5 ± 2 seconds. Using 3D navigation, we detected one false position. A false position indicates divergence from the ideal line of the axis of the scaphoid but without penetration of the cortex. The initial scan clearly increased overall radiation time in the 3D-navigated group, and for both navigation procedures operating time was longer than in our clinical experience without navigation. Nonetheless, 2D and 3D navigation for non-dislocated scaphoid fractures is feasible, and navigation might reduce the risk of choosing an incorrect screw length, thereby possibly avoiding injury to the subtending cortex. The 3D navigation is more difficult to interpret than 2D fluoroscopic navigation but shows greater precision. Overall, navigation is costly, and the moderate advantages it offers for osteosynthesis of scaphoid fractures must be considered critically in comparisons with conventional operating techniques. PMID:21991920

  17. Volumetric Measurement of Root Resorption following Molar Mini-Screw Implant Intrusion Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography

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    Li, Wen; Chen, Fei; Zhang, Feng; Ding, Wanghui; Ye, Qingsong; Shi, Jiejun; Fu, Baiping

    2013-01-01

    Objective Molar intrusion by mini-screw implantation can cause different degrees of root resorption. However, most methods (2-D and 3-D) used for evaluating root resorption have focused on the root length without considering 3-D resorption. The purpose of this study was to volumetrically evaluate root resorption using cone beam computed tomography(CBCT) after mini-screw implant intrusion. Materials and Methods 1. The volumes of 32 teeth were measured using CBCT and laser scanning to verify the accuracy of CBCT. 2. Twelve overerupted molars from adult patients were investigated in this study. After mini-screw implants were inserted into the buccal and palatal alveolar bones, 150 g of force was applied to the mini-screw implants on each side to intrude the molars. CBCT images of all patients were taken immediately prior to intrusion and after intrusion. The volumes of the roots were calculated using the Mimics software program. The differences between the pre-intrusion and post-intrusion root volumes were statistically evaluated with a paired-samples t-test. In addition, the losses of the roots were statistically compared with each other using one-way analysis of variance at the P0.05). The overerupted molars were significantly intruded (P<0.05), and the average intrusion was 3.30±1.60 mm. The differences between the pre-intrusion and post-intrusion root volumes were statistically significant for all of the roots investigated (P<0.05). The roots were sorted by volume loss in descending order as follows: mesiobuccal, palatal, and distobuccal. Statistical significance was achieved among the three roots. The average total resorption for each tooth was 58.39±1.54 mm3. Conclusion Volume measurement using CBCT was able to effectively evaluate root resorption caused by mini-screw intrusion. The highest volume loss was observed in the mesiobuccal root among the three roots of the investigated first molar teeth. PMID:23585866

  18. Aqueous extraction of oleic sunflower oil from whole plant by twin-screw extruder: feasibility study, influence of screw configuration and operating conditions

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    Evon, Philippe; Vandenbossche, Virginie; Pontalier, Pierre-Yves; Rigal, Luc

    2007-01-01

    Aqueous extraction process using water alone as medium is an alternative to the solvent oil extraction process from oilseeds. It enables simultaneous recovery of oil and protein. The implementation of a co-rotating twin-screw extruder allows the aqueous extraction of oleic sunflower oil from whole plant. Screw configuration, screw rotation speed and whole plant input flow rate affect directly the efficiency of liquid/solid separation. Wringing out the mixing is possible because of the natu...

  19. Covering the screw-access holes of implant restorations in the esthetic zone: a clinical report.

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    Abolfazl Saboury

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Screw-retained implant restorations have an advantage of predictable retention as well as retrievability, and obviate the risk of excessive sub-gingival cement commonly associated with cement retained implant restorations. Screw-retained restorations generally have screw access holes, which can compromise esthetics and weaken the porcelain around the holes. The purpose of this study is to describe the use of a separate overcasting crown design to cover the screw access hole of implant screw-retained prosthesis for improved esthetics.

  20. The effect of multiple processing and re-use on orthodontic mini-screw torque values

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    Noorollahian, Saeed; Alavi, Shiva; Rafiei, Elahe

    2015-01-01

    Background: Reusing orthodontic mini-screws would reduce treatment cost and lead to more use of mini-screws and improvement of orthodontic treatments. This study has assessed the effects of reprocessing and reusing the titanium mini-screws on their maximum insertion, removal and fracture torque (FT). Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, 20 titanium mini-screws (1.6-mm × 8-mm) were randomly divided into two equal groups. In the test group, the screws were first sterilized by auto...

  1. A technique for the management of screw access opening in cement-retained implant restorations

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    Hamid Kermanshah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Abutment screw loosening has been considered as a common complication of implant-supported dental prostheses. This problem is more important in cement-retained implant restorations due to their invisible position of the screw access opening. Case Report: This report describes a modified retrievability method for cement-retained implant restorations in the event of abutment screw loosening. The screw access opening was marked with ceramic stain and its porcelain surface was treated using hydrofluoric acid (HF, silane, and adhesive to bond to composite resin. Discussion: The present modified technique facilitates screw access opening and improves the bond between the porcelain and composite resin.

  2. Covering the screw-access holes of implant restorations in the esthetic zone: a clinical report.

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    Saboury, Abolfazl; Gooya, Ali

    2014-11-01

    Screw-retained implant restorations have an advantage of predictable retention as well as retrievability, and obviate the risk of excessive sub-gingival cement commonly associated with cement retained implant restorations. Screw-retained restorations generally have screw access holes, which can compromise esthetics and weaken the porcelain around the holes. The purpose of this study is to describe the use of a separate overcasting crown design to cover the screw access hole of implant screw-retained prosthesis for improved esthetics. PMID:25628703

  3. Kinematics of a Hybrid Manipulator by Means of Screw Theory

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    In this work the kinematics of a hybrid manipulator, namely a fully parallel-serial manipulator, with a particular topology is approached by means of the theory of screws. Given the length of the six independent limbs, the forward position analysis of the mechanism under study, indeed the computation of the resulting pose, position and orientation, of the end-platform with respect to the fixed platform, is carried out in closed-form solution. Therefore conveniently this initial analysis avoids the use of a numerical technique such as the Newton-Raphson method. Writing in screw form the reduced acceleration state of the translational platform, with respect to the fixed platform, a simple expression for the computation of the acceleration of the translational platform is derived by taking advantage of the properties of reciprocal screws, via the Klein form, a bilinear symmetric form of the Lie algebra e(3). Following a similar procedure, a simple expression for the computation of the angular acceleration of the end-platform, with respect to the translational platform, is easily derived. Naturally, as an intermediate step, this contribution also provides the forward and inverse velocity analyses of the chosen parallel-serial manipulator. Finally, in order to prove the versatility of the expressions obtained via screw theory for solving the kinematics, up to the acceleration analysis, of the proposed spatial mechanism, a numerical example is solved with the help of commercial computer codes

  4. Studies on ball screw type damper with flyball governor, (1)

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    Mechanical snappers are the aseismatic supports of piping system in high temperature, high humidity or radiation atmosphere, which are composed of ball screws, flywheels and disk brakes. They can follow gradual movement, but restricts the deformation of piping in violent movement such as earthquakes. From the viewpoint of using the supports with ball screws as general vibration preventer rather than constraint, the authors have examined several ball screw type dampers of new types. In this paper, when the damper composed of a ball screw, a flywheel and a pendulum was attached to a vibration system of one degree of freedom, the nonlinear forced vibration and its stability are theoretically discussed, and compared with the results of linear analysis and experiment in the previous study. Also the effect of the damper is explained. In this case, a ball nut was fixed on a primary mass. The equations of motion, the steady solution and its stability, the linear solution, an example of the numerical calculation and the experiment are reported. The good effect of damping was obtained when the ratio of the natural frequency of a governor to a main vibration system was set around 2. (Kako, I.)

  5. Optimisation of acoustic silencer for the screw compressor system

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    Swamy, M.; Lier, L.J. van; Smeulers, J.P.M.

    2014-01-01

    In one of the screw compressor system, designed silencer was not optimal. A great challenge was the large variation in operating conditions, especially the variation of the molecular weight of the gas. There was need to optimize the silencer. This paper describes the acoustic modelling tools to opti

  6. Research on Energy-Saving Operation of Screw Air Compressor

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    Chong liu

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Based on analysis of a screw air compressor volumetric efficiency under different discharge pressure conditions, this study establishes the mathematic model of the adiabatic compression power consumption. Under load/unload conditions, to change the offline pressure with step of 0.01 MPa, the power consumption floats up and down with the change of unloading and loading and then the screw compressor power consumption is simulated in MATLAB. The results shows that the optimal offline pressure exists at the given air consumption and meanwhile power consumption is minimal with the optimal offline pressure. It also reveals that the required optimal offline pressures will vary by air consumptions. Then, based on dynamic mechanical analysis for fluid motion in the pipe, considering that there is a causal relationship between pressure variation and gas flow variation, a method for measuring flow rate of one dimensional unsteady flow dynamically is proposed based on theory of linear approximation. In order to lower the online pressure and further reduce the energy consumption of screw air compressor, we propose a method is to calculate the rate of pressure drop and predict times for the discharge pressure dropping to the online pressure. And the further optimal control method of screw air compressor is given. It is correct and feasible, which proved by experiments.

  7. Cellulose and the twofold screw axis: Modeling and experimental arguments

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    Crystallography indicates that molecules in crystalline cellulose either have 2-fold screw-axis (21) symmetry or closely approximate it, leading to short distances between H4 and H1' across the glycosidic linkage. Therefore, modeling studies of cellobiose often show elevated energies for 21 structur...

  8. Tests for the dynamic behaviour of isolation valve cone screws

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    Hot tensile tests at 270 C were carried out on two unused and two used original isolation valve cone screws M30-T x 92.5 mm (material 21 CrMo V 5 7) from the KKP nuclear power plant. The latter had been stressed in an incident at the Philippsburg 1 reactor power station on 27 December 1992. To assess the ability of these components to withstand the dynamic stress caused by 'rapid opening' of the isolation valves, supplementary impact tests were made at 270 C on six original KKP isolation valve cone screws. The impact velocity was 13.5 m s-1 for four screws and 6 m s-1 for two screws. The test conditions regarding impact damping and mass distribution were adapted to the isolation valve situation by means of parameter studies. Hardness values and deformation values, e.g. stress at the start of flow, tensile strength, total elongation, elongation and reduction in area at fracture and energy absorption up to maximum force and up to break, were determined in the hot tensile tests. (orig.)

  9. Sacroiliac screw fixation: A mini review of surgical technique

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    Hernando Raphael Alvis-Miranda

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The sacral percutaneous fixation has many advantages but can be associated with a significant exposure to X-ray radiation. Currently, sacroiliac screw fixation represents the only minimally invasive technique to stabilize the posterior pelvic ring. It is a technique that should be used by experienced surgeons. We present a practical review of important aspects of this technique.

  10. Kinematics Analysis Based on Screw Theory of a Humanoid Robot

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    MAN Cui-hua; FAN Xun; LI Cheng-rong; ZHAO Zhong-hui

    2007-01-01

    A humanoid robot is a complex dynamic system for its idiosyncrasy. This paper aims to provide a mathematical and theoretical foundation for the design of the configuration, kinematics analysis of a novel humanoid robot. It has a simplified configuration and design for entertainment purpose. The design methods, principle and mechanism are discussed. According to the design goals of this research, there are ten degrees of freedom in the two bionic arms.Modularization, concurrent design and extension theory methods were adopted in the configuration study and screw theory was introduced into the analysis of humanoid robot kinematics. Comparisons with other methods show that: 1) only two coordinates need to be established in the kinematics analysis of humanoid robot based on screw theory; 2) the spatial manipulator Jacobian obtained by using twist and exponential product formula is succinct and legible; 3) adopting screw theory to resolve the humanoid robot arms kinematics question can avoid singularities; 4) using screw theory can solve the question of specification insufficiency.

  11. Fatigue life prediction of pedicle screw for spinal surgery

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    Ferrara: University of Ferrara, 2015. s. 94 ISBN N. [International Conference on Crack Paths (CP 2015) /5./. 16.08.2015-18.08.2015, Ferrara] Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : pedicle-screw * titan alloy * fatigue life * finite element analysis Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics http://www.gruppofrattura.it/events/CP2015/index.html#682

  12. Outcomes of osteoporotic trochanteric fractures treated with cement-augmented dynamic hip screw

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    Rakesh Kumar Gupta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dynamic hip screw (DHS has been the standard treatment for stable trochanteric fracture patterns, but complications of lag screw cut out from a superior aspect, due to inadequate bone anchorage, occur frequently in elderly osteoporotic patients. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA has been used as an augmentation tool to facilitate fixation stability in cadaveric femora for biomechanical studies and in pathological fractures. However, there are very few reports on the utilization of PMMA cement to prevent these complications in fresh intertrochanteric fractures. A prospective study was conducted to evaluate the outcome and efficacy of PMMA augmented DHS in elderly osteoporotic patients with intertrochanteric fractures. Materials and Methods: The study included 64 patients (AO type31-A2.1 in eight, A2.2 in 29, A2.3 in 17 patients, and 31-A3.1 in five, A3.2 in three, and A3.3 in two patients with an average age of 72 years (60 − 94 years of which 60 were available for final followup. PMMA augmentation of DHS was performed in all cases by injecting PMMA cement into the femoral head with a custommade gun designed by the authors. The clinical outcome was rated as per the Salvati and Wilson scoring system at the time of final followup of one year. Results were graded as excellent (score > 31, good (score 24 − 31, fair (score 16 − 23, and poor (score < 16. Results: Fracture united in all patients and the average time to union was 13.8 weeks (range 12 − 16 weeks. At an average followup of 18 months (range 12 − 24 months, no incidence of varus collapse or superior screw cut out was observed in any of the patients in spite of weightbearing ambulation from the early postoperative period. There was no incidence of avascular necrosis (AVN or cement penetration into the joint in our series. Most of the patients were able to regain their prefracture mobility status with a mean hip pain score of 8.6. Conclusion: Cement augmentation of DHS appears

  13. Effect of cement washout on loosening of abutment screws and vice versa in screw- and cement- retained implant-supported dental prosthesis

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    Kim, Seok-Gyu; Chung, Chae-Heon; Son, Mee-Kyoung

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to examine the abutment screw stability of screw- and cement-retained implant-supported dental prosthesis (SCP) after simulated cement washout as well as the stability of SCP cements after complete loosening of abutment screws. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-six titanium CAD/CAM-made implant prostheses were fabricated on two implants placed in the resin models. Each prosthesis is a two-unit SCP: one screw-retained and the other cemented. After evaluating th...

  14. [Bone diseases].

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    Uebelhart, Brigitte; Rizzoli, René

    2016-01-13

    Calcium intake shows a small impact on bone mineral density and fracture risk. Denosumab is a more potent inhibitor of bone resorption than zoledronate. Abaloparatide, PTHrP analog, increases bone mineral density and decreases fracture incidence. Teriparatide could be delivered via a transdermic device. Romosozumab and odanacatib improve calculated bone strength. Sequential or combined treatments with denosumab and teriparatide could be of interest, but not denosumab followed by teriparatide. Fibrous dysplasia, Paget disease and hypophosphatasia are updated, as well as atypical femoral fracture and osteonecrosis of the jaw. PMID:26946704

  15. A rationale method for evaluating unscrewing torque values of prosthetic screws in dental implants

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    Felipe Miguel Saliba

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Previous studies that evaluated the torque needed for removing dental implant screws have not considered the manner of transfer of the occlusal loads in clinical settings. Instead, the torque used for removal was applied directly to the screw, and most of them omitted the possibility that the hexagon could limit the action of the occlusal load in the loosening of the screws. The present study proposes a method for evaluating the screw removal torque in an anti-rotational device independent way, creating an unscrewing load transfer to the entire assembly, not only to the screw. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty hexagonal abutments without the hexagon in their bases were fixed with a screw to 20 dental implants. They were divided into two groups: Group 1 used titanium screws and Group 2 used titanium screws covered with a solid lubricant. A torque of 32 Ncm was applied to the screw and then a custom-made wrench was used for rotating the abutment counterclockwise, to loosen the screw. A digital torque meter recorded the torque required to loosen the abutment. RESULTS: There was a significant difference between the means of Group 1 (38.62±6.43 Ncm and Group 2 (48.47±5.04 Ncm, with p=0.001. CONCLUSION: This methodology was effective in comparing unscrewing torque values of the implant-abutment junction even with a limited sample size. It confirmed a previously shown significant difference between two types of screws.

  16. A new harvest site for bone graft in anterior cruciate ligament revision surgery.

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    Franceschi, Francesco; Papalia, Rocco; Di Martino, Alberto; Rizzello, Giacomo; Allaire, Robert; Denaro, Vincenzo

    2007-05-01

    During revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, femoral interference screws frequently require removal. This may lead to significant tunnel widening and possible graft fixation failure as a result. Solutions include drilling the revision tunnel in a different location, using stacked interference screws, or using bone graft to fill the defect. Autogenous iliac crest graft and allograft are both used, but there are significant comorbidities associated with each. We developed a new technique for harvesting autogenous bone graft that avoids many of the complications associated with other graft sources. By use of the existing surgical incision from the initial harvest of the bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft, bone from the medial tibial metaphyseal safe zone is harvested via an OATS tube harvester (Arthrex, Naples, FL). A bone plug 1 mm larger in size than the femoral defect is harvested and arthroscopically inserted via a press-fit technique. At 3 months after bone grafting, patients undergo revision ACL reconstruction. The proximal tibial metaphysis is a safe bone graft harvest site in revision ACL surgery and offers an effective method for filling large bony defects, allowing anatomic reconstruction of the ACL after bone healing has occurred. Furthermore, it eliminates the problems associated with allograft or use of a remote graft donor site. PMID:17478290

  17. Screw-worm eradication in the Americas - Overview

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    Screw-worms (Cochliomyia hominivorax, Coquerel) are found only in the Americas, and are known, therefore, as the New World Screw-worm (NWS). The larval stages of the fly feed on the living flesh of their host. A screw-worm infestation can kill an adult animal in 7-10 days if not treated. All warm-blooded animals are affected including man. Although screw-worms had long been recognised as a severe pest of animals in the southwestern United States, they had never been detected east of the Mississippi River before 1933. In July 1933, screw-worms were transported on infested cattle to Georgia and became established east of the Mississippi River. Screw-worms spread quickly in the southeastern United States and were able to overwinter in southern Florida. Being new to the region, they were quickly recognised as a severe pest with a tremendous economic impact on livestock production. The livestock owners in the southeastern United States immediately noticed an increase in the number of animal deaths and increased costs of insecticides, veterinary medicines, veterinary services, inspection and handling. At the same time, they observed a decrease in animal weights and in milk production. Due to these observations, the livestock industry in the southeastern United States requested help in controlling screw-worms. Because of these requests, the research community became interested in control and eradication measures for this pest. Early work by Crushing and Patton in 1933 recognised that C. hominivorax was an obligatory animal parasite and different from the secondary blowfly, Cochliomyia macellaria. In 1934, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) opened a research station in Valdosa, Georgia, and E.W. Laake and E.F. Knipling were assigned to work there. In September 1935, R.C. Bushland was hired by ARS to do research related to screw-worms at an ARS Research Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. Melvin and Bushland in 1936 developed artificial

  18. Biomechanical Evaluation of Plate Versus Lag Screw Only Fixation of Distal Fibula Fractures.

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    Misaghi, Amirhossein; Doan, Josh; Bastrom, Tracey; Pennock, Andrew T

    2015-01-01

    Traditional fixation of unstable Orthopaedic Trauma Association type B/C ankle fractures consists of a lag screw and a lateral or posterolateral neutralization plate. Several studies have demonstrated the clinical success of lag screw only fixation; however, to date no biomechanical comparison of the different constructs has been performed. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the biomechanical strength of these different constructs. Osteotomies were created in 40 Sawbones(®) distal fibulas and reduced using 1 bicortical 3.5-mm stainless steel lag screw, 2 bicortical 3.5-mm lag screws, 3 bicortical 3.5-mm lag screws, or a single 3.5-mm lag screw coupled with a stainless steel neutralization plate with 3 proximal cortical and 3 distal cancellous screws. The constructs were tested to determine the stiffness in lateral bending and rotation and failure torque. No significant differences in lateral bending or rotational stiffness were detected between the osteotomies fixed with 3 lag screws and a plate. Constructs fixed with 1 lag screw were weaker for both lateral bending and rotational stiffness. Osteotomies fixed with 2 lag screws were weaker in lateral bending only. No significant differences were found in the failure torque. Compared with lag screw only fixation, plate fixation requires larger incisions and increased costs and is more likely to require follow-up surgery. Despite the published clinical success of treating simple Orthopaedic Trauma Association B/C fractures with lag screw only fixation, many surgeons still have concerns about stability. For noncomminuted, long oblique distal fibula fractures, lag screw only fixation techniques offer construct stiffness similar to that of traditional plate and lag screw fixation. PMID:25990534

  19. Accuracy of robot-assisted pedicle screw placement for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in the pediatric population.

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    Macke, Jeremy J; Woo, Raymund; Varich, Laura

    2016-06-01

    This is a retrospective review of pedicle screw placement in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients under 18 years of age who underwent robot-assisted corrective surgery. Our primary objective was to characterize the accuracy of pedicle screw placement with evaluation by computed tomography (CT) after robot-assisted surgery in AIS patients. Screw malposition is the most frequent complication of pedicle screw placement and is more frequent in AIS. Given the potential for serious complications, the need for improved accuracy of screw placement has spurred multiple innovations including robot-assisted guidance devices. No studies to date have evaluated this robot-assisted technique using CT exclusively within the AIS population. Fifty patients were included in the study. All operative procedures were performed at a single institution by a single pediatric orthopedic surgeon. We evaluated the grade of screw breach, the direction of screw breach, and the positioning of the patient for preoperative scan (supine versus prone). Of 662 screws evaluated, 48 screws (7.2 %) demonstrated a breach of greater than 2 mm. With preoperative prone position CT scanning, only 2.4 % of screws were found to have this degree of breach. Medial malposition was found in 3 % of screws, a rate which decreased to 0 % with preoperative prone position scanning. Based on our results, we conclude that the proper use of image-guided robot-assisted surgery can improve the accuracy and safety of thoracic pedicle screw placement in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This is the first study to evaluate the accuracy of pedicle screw placement using CT assessment in robot-assisted surgical correction of patients with AIS. In our study, the robot-assisted screw misplacement rate was lower than similarly constructed studies evaluating conventional (non-robot-assisted) procedures. If patients are preoperatively scanned in the prone position, the misplacement rate is further

  20. Talking Bones.

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    Johnson, Jaclyn; Kassing, Sharon

    2002-01-01

    Describes cooperation with the Saint Louis Zoo to provide opportunities for elementary school students to learn about bones, how animals move, what they eat, and how much they grow. Uses biofacts which include bones, skulls, and other parts to make the laboratory a hands-on experience for students. (YDS)

  1. Bone Markers

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    ... bone turnover: C-telopeptide (C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen (CTx)) – a marker for bone resorption. It is ... resorption include: N-telopeptide (N-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen (NTx)) – a peptide fragment from the amino terminal ...

  2. Bold镙钉治疗Jones骨折%Treatment of 16 cases Jones fractures by open reduction and bold screw fixation

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    单宇; 蒋富贵; 张晓剑; 徐能

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of Bold screw fixation in the treatment of jones fracture.Method From March 2006 to May 2012,16 case of Jones fracture were treated by open reduction and Bold screw fixation.Result All the patients were obtained healing of bone reunion and followed up for 6~12 months,no residual pain and nonunion.According to Maryland foot scording system,9 cases were excellent,5 good,2 fair and the rate of excellent and good was 87.5 %.Conclusion Bold screw fixation is an effective therapy for Jones fracture of open reduction and it has the benefit of early exercise,no need to remove,fixed solid.%目的 探讨Bold螺钉内固定治疗Jones骨折的临床疗效.方法 2006年3月~2012年5月,采用切开复位Bold螺钉内固定治疗Jones骨折16例.结果 16例均获随访,随访时间6~12m,均获得骨性愈合,未残留疼痛或骨不愈合.按Maryland足部评分系统评分,优9例,良5例,可2例,优良率87.5%.结论 Bold螺钉治疗Jones骨折具有早期功能锻炼、无需取出、固定稳固等优点,是治疗Jones骨折的有效方法.

  3. The prognostic value of tip-to-apex distance (TAD index in intertrochanteric fractures fixed by dynamic hip screw

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    Ali Sadighi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Intertrochanteric fractures (ITFs are the most common type of fractures requiring surgical intervention. They also have the highest surgical mortality among orthopedic operations. Among the many different techniques used for fixation of this type of fracture, use of the Dynamic Hip Screw (DHS has gained wide acceptance. This current study was designed to assess positive predictive value of tip-to-apex distance (TAD index in the prognosis of patients treated with DHS. The study was designed according to a descriptive-analytic protocol, made up of 100 cases of ITFs caused by falling, treated in the Shohada Orthopedic Center, Tabriz, Iran. All patients underwent lateral and antero-posterior hip X-ray to measure TAD index. The cohort was followed for three months after DHS placement. Of a total of 100 cases (53 male, 47 female with a mean age of 76.7 years (range 29-100 years, 43% had grade 4, 29% grade 3, 21% grade 5, 5% grade 2 and 2% grade 6 osteoporosis. The screw position was postero-inferior in 57%, central in 40% and superior in 3% of patients. Minimum and maximum TAD index were 20 and 28 mm, respectively. Mean TAD was 23.5 mm. There were no post-operative complications in 84% of cases. Screw failure was the most common complication in the remaining 16% of patients. The study shows a statistically significant correlation between TAD index and cut-off rate in patients with intertrochanteric fractures of femoral bone treated by DHS. This validates the use of TAD index in determining the prognosis of patients treated by DHS.

  4. Efficacy of a Sclerostin Antibody Compared to a Low Dose of PTH on Metaphyseal Bone Healing

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    Agholme, Fredrik; Macias, Brandon,; Hamang, Matt; Lucchesi, Jonathan; Adrian, Mary D.; Kuhstoss, Stuart; Harvey, Anita; Sato, Masahiko; Aspenberg, Per

    2014-01-01

    We compared the effect of a sclerostin antibody to that of a clinically relevant dose of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in a rat model for metaphyseal bone healing. Screws of steel or poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) were inserted bilaterally into the proximal tibia of young male rats. During 4 weeks the animals then received injections of either phosphate buffered saline (control), sclerostin antibody (25mg/kg, twice weekly) or PTH (5 mu g/kg, daily). The healing response around the screws was the...

  5. Bone densitometry

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    Ravn, Pernille; Alexandersen, P; Møllgaard, A

    1999-01-01

    The bisphosphonates have been introduced as alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The expected increasing application in at clinical practice demands cost-effective and easily handled methods to monitor the effect on bone....... The weak response at the distal forearm during antiresorptive treatment has restricted the use of bone densitometry at this region. We describe a new model for bone densitometry at the distal forearm, by which the response obtained is comparable to the response in other regions where bone densitometry...... is much more expensive and technically complicated. By computerized iteration of single X-ray absorptiometry forearm scans we defined a region with 65% trabecular bone. The region was analyzed in randomized, double-masked, placebo- controlled trials: a 2-year trial with alendronate (n = 69), a 1-year...

  6. Posterior Titanium Screw Fixation without Debridement of Infected Tissue for the Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spontaneous Pyogenic Spondylodiscitis

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    Iacoangeli, Maurizio; Nasi, Davide; Nocchi, Niccolo; Di Rienzo, Alessandro; di Somma, Lucia; Colasanti, Roberto; Vaira, Carmela; Benigni, Roberta; Liverotti, Valentina; Scerrati, Massimo

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective study. Purpose The aim of our study was to analyze the safety and effectiveness of posterior pedicle screw fixation for treatment of pyogenic spondylodiscitis (PSD) without formal debridement of the infected tissue. Overview of Literature Posterior titanium screw fixation without formal debridement of the infected tissue and anterior column reconstruction for the treatment of PSD is still controversial. Methods From March 2008 to June 2013, 18 patients with PSD underwent posterior titanium fixation with or without decompression, according to their neurological deficit. Postero-lateral fusion with allograft transplantation alone or bone graft with both the allogenic bone and the autologous bone was also performed. The outcome was assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain and the Frankel grading system for neurological status. Normalization both of C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate was adopted as criterion for discontinuation of antibiotic therapy and infection healing. Segmental instability and fusion were also analyzed. Results At the mean follow-up time of 30.16 months (range, 24–53 months), resolution of spinal infection was achieved in all patients. The mean CRP before surgery was 14.32±7.9 mg/dL, and at the final follow-up, the mean CRP decreased to 0.5±0.33 mg/dL (p <0.005). Follow-up computed tomography scan at 12 months after surgery revealed solid fusion in all patients. The VAS before surgery was 9.16±1.29 and at the final follow-up, it improved to 1.38±2.03, which was statistically significant (p <0.05). Eleven patients out of eighteen (61.11%) with initial neurological impairment had an average improvement of 1.27 grades at the final follow-up documented with the Frankel grading system. Conclusions Posterior screw fixation with titanium instrumentation was safe and effective in terms of stability and restoration of neurological impairment. Fixation also rapidly reduced back pain.

  7. The stainless steel screw as an orthopaedic implant

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    Rozman, J. [ITIS d. o. o. Ljubljana, Centre for Implantable Technology and Sensors Lepi pot 11, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kmetic, M. [Institute of Materials and Technology Lepi pot 11, University of Ljubljana, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Bunc, M. [School of Medicine, Institute of Pathophysiology, Zaloska 4, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Pihlar, B. [Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Askerceva 5, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

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    The study reported here dealt with the metallographical inspection and analysis of corrosion behavior of screws for mild Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE), which is a serious orthopedical problem in early adolescence. The screws were fabricated from low carbon, austenitic grade stainless steel type 316L (AISI) with 1600 ppm of nitrogen (316LN2). They were clinically tested in a nearly 25-year-long study where patients in early adolescence were operated with these screws with the fixation in situ. Since the results obtained in all patients were similar, we present the results obtained in screws removed after 3 years of implantation from a 14-year-old boy. Metallographical inspection results reveal that a low content of carbon in the SS 316LN2, and annealing this material at a high temperature ensures the monophasic microstructure of austenitic grains. In the grains twin bands that appeared during mechanical deformation were observed. As the hardness measured at the stalk (262 HV) was lower than that measured at the head of the screw (293 HV) it was concluded that cold mechanical deformation of the head was much more extensive than that of the stalk. Accordingly, corrosion of the head could be more probable than that of the stalk. Corrosion behavior of the screw in simulated physiological media (0.9% NaCl solution), carried out by the electrochemical method, gave an E{sub corr} of -0.124 V (vs. SCE), corrosion current density of 21 nA/cm{sup 2}, and corrosion rate of 0.010 {+-} 0.005 mpy. This low corrosion rate indicates that SS 316LN2 expresses relatively high corrosion resistance in a saline solution. However, potentiodynamic polarization measurements, where the specimen was driven to more than 1.8 V above the E{sub corr.}, showed that in the region between -0.1 and 0.15 V the specimen corroded, while around 0.2 V a small valley appeared where passivation proceeded. The narrow passive region between 0.15 and 0.25 V indicated that chlorides prevented the

  8. Decompressive cervical laminectomy and lateral mass screw-rod arthrodesis. Surgical analysis and outcome

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    Obaidat Mouness H

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study evaluates the outcome and complications of decompressive cervical Laminectomy and lateral mass screw fixation in 110 cases treated for variable cervical spine pathologies that included; degenerative disease, trauma, neoplasms, metabolic-inflammatory disorders and congenital anomalies. Methods A retrospective review of total 785 lateral mass screws were placed in patients ages 16-68 years (40 females and 70 males. All cases were performed with a polyaxial screw-rod construct and screws were placed by using Anderson-Sekhon trajectory. Most patients had 12-14-mm length and 3.5 mm diameter screws placed for subaxial and 28-30 for C1 lateral mass. Screw location was assessed by post operative plain x-ray and computed tomography can (CT, besides that; the facet joint, nerve root foramen and foramen transversarium violation were also appraised. Results No patients experienced neural or vascular injury as a result of screw position. Only one patient needed screw repositioning. Six patients experienced superficial wound infection. Fifteen patients had pain around the shoulder of C5 distribution that subsided over the time. No patients developed screw pullouts or symptomatic adjacent segment disease within the period of follow up. Conclusion decompressive cervical spine laminectomy and Lateral mass screw stabilization is a technique that can be used for a variety of cervical spine pathologies with safety and efficiency.

  9. Preload and torque removal evaluation of three different abutment screws for single standing implant restorations

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    Rafael Augusto Stüker

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Several authors still consider the mechanical problems of fracture and component loosening as the main causes of failure of implant-supported restorations. The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the preload of three types of screw for transmucosal abutment attachment used in single implant-supported prosthesis through strain gauge and removal torque measurements. Three external hex fixtures were used, and each received a transmucosal abutment (Cera One®, which was fixed to the implant with its respective screw: Group A- gold screw, Group B- titanium screw and Group C- surface-treated titanium screw (Ti-Tite®. Ten screws of each type were attached applying a 30.07±0.28 Ncm torque force and maintained in position for 5 minutes. After this, the preload values were measured using strain gauges and a measurement cell. Gold screws presented higher preload values (131.72±8.98 N, followed by surface-treated titanium screws (97.78±4.68 N and titanium screws (37.03±5.69 N. ANOVA (p<0.05 and Tukey's test (p<0.05 were applied. Statistically significant differences were found among the groups for both preload and removal torque values. In conclusion, gold screws may be indicated to achieve superior longevity of the abutment-implant connection and, consequently, prosthetic restoration due to greater preload values yielded.

  10. PROSPECTS OF USE OF RELATIVE SCREW AND COMBINED REELS FOR MIXING BULKS

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    Marchenko A. Y.

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    Full Text Available The article reveals a possibility of using equipment based on relative screw and combined drums for mixing of bulks. Change of relative positioning of flat elements of sidewalls of internal surfaces in relative screw drums allows operating the difficult and spatial movement of streams of bulks. In relative screw drums we have developed effective processes of mixing and sets of the equipment, which are characterized by that fact the difficult and spatial screw movement taking place in relative screw drums is dismembered on rather simple, in the kinematic relation, in the movements. The difficult and spatial screw movement with a big amplitude of 15-1000 mm and more, in the offered equipment constructions on the basis of relative screw or combined drums, is reported to bulks by elements of the relative screw or combined drums of various parameters and configurations which becomes complicated also screw lines on perimeter of a relative screw drum with various number of calling and the directions from each other or rounds of the springs fixed in the relative combined drums

  11. Pedicle Screw Fixation Study in Immature Porcine Spines to Improve Pullout Resistance during Animal Testing.

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    Le Cann, Sophie; Cachon, Thibaut; Viguier, Eric; Miladi, Lotfi; Odent, Thierry; Rossi, Jean-Marie; Chabrand, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The porcine model is frequently used during development and validation of new spinal devices, because of its likeness to the human spine. These spinal devices are frequently composed of pedicle screws with a reputation for stable fixation but which can suffer pullouts during preclinical implantation on young animals, leading to high morbidity. With a view to identifying the best choices to optimize pedicle screw fixation in the porcine model, this study evaluates ex vivo the impact of weight (age) of the animal, the level of the vertebrae (lumbar or thoracic) and the type of screw anchorage (mono- or bi-cortical) on pedicle screw pullouts. Among the 80 pig vertebrae (90- and 140-day-old) tested in this study, the average screw pullout forces ranged between 419.9N and 1341.2N. In addition, statistical differences were found between test groups, pointing out the influence of the three parameters stated above. We found that the the more caudally the screws are positioned (lumbar level), the greater their pullout resistance is, moreover, screw stability increases with the age, and finally, the screws implanted with a mono-cortical anchorage sustained lower pullout forces than those implanted with a bi-cortical anchorage. We conclude that the best anchorage can be obtained with older animals, using a lumbar fixation and long screws traversing the vertebra and inducing bi-cortical anchorage. In very young animals, pedicle screw fixations need to be bi-cortical and more numerous to prevent pullout. PMID:26451947

  12. Pedicle Screw Fixation Study in Immature Porcine Spines to Improve Pullout Resistance during Animal Testing.

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    Sophie Le Cann

    Full Text Available The porcine model is frequently used during development and validation of new spinal devices, because of its likeness to the human spine. These spinal devices are frequently composed of pedicle screws with a reputation for stable fixation but which can suffer pullouts during preclinical implantation on young animals, leading to high morbidity. With a view to identifying the best choices to optimize pedicle screw fixation in the porcine model, this study evaluates ex vivo the impact of weight (age of the animal, the level of the vertebrae (lumbar or thoracic and the type of screw anchorage (mono- or bi-cortical on pedicle screw pullouts. Among the 80 pig vertebrae (90- and 140-day-old tested in this study, the average screw pullout forces ranged between 419.9N and 1341.2N. In addition, statistical differences were found between test groups, pointing out the influence of the three parameters stated above. We found that the the more caudally the screws are positioned (lumbar level, the greater their pullout resistance is, moreover, screw stability increases with the age, and finally, the screws implanted with a mono-cortical anchorage sustained lower pullout forces than those implanted with a bi-cortical anchorage. We conclude that the best anchorage can be obtained with older animals, using a lumbar fixation and long screws traversing the vertebra and inducing bi-cortical anchorage. In very young animals, pedicle screw fixations need to be bi-cortical and more numerous to prevent pullout.

  13. Determination of Screw and Nail Withdrawal Resistance of Some Important Wood Species

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    Alper Aytekin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, screw and nail withdrawal resistance of fir (Abies nordmanniana, oak (Quercus robur L. black pine (Pinus nigra Arnold and Stone pine (Pinus pinea L. wood were determined and compared. The data represent the testing of withdrawal resistance of three types of screws as smart, serrated and conventional and common nails. The specimens were prepared according to TS 6094 standards. The dimensions of the specimens were 5x5x15cm and for all of the directions. Moreover, the specimens were conditioned at ambient room temperature and 65±2% relative humidity. The screws and nails were installed according to ASTM-D 1761 standards. Nail dimensions were 2.5mm diameter and 50 mm length, conventional screws were 4x50mm, serrated screws were 4x45mm and smart screws were 4x50mm. Results show that the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value was found in Stone pine for the serrated screw. There were no significant differences between Stone pine and oak regarding screw withdrawal resistance values. Conventional screw yielded the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value in oak, followed by Stone pine, black pine and fir. Oak wood showed the maximum screw withdrawal resistance value for the smart screw, followed by Stone pine, black pine, and fir. Oak wood showed higher nail withdrawal resistances than softwood species. It was also determined that oak shows the maximum nail withdrawal resistance in all types. The nail withdrawal resistances at the longitudinal direction are lower with respect to radial and tangential directions.

  14. CT-guided screw fixation of vertical sacral fractures in local anaesthesia using a standard CT

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    To evaluate time efficiency, radiation dose, precision and complications of percutaneous iliosacral screw placement under CT-guidance in local anaesthesia. Retrospective analysis of 143 interventions in 135 patients during a period of 42 months. Implant failures could be evaluated in 85/182 screws and bony healing or refracturing in 46/182 screws. A total of 182 iliosacral screw placements in 179 vertical sacral fractures (105 unilateral, 37 bilateral) took place in 135 patients. 166/179 of the sacral fractures were detected in Denis zone 1, 10 in Denis zone 2 and 3 in Denis zone 3. No screw misplacements including the simultaneous bilateral procedures were noted. The average time for a unilateral screw placement was 23 minutes (range: 14-52 minutes) and 35 minutes (range: 21-60 minutes) for simultaneous bilateral screwing. The dose length product was 365 mGy x cm (range: 162-1014 mGy x cm) for the unilateral and 470 mGy x cm (range: 270-1271 mGy x cm) for the bilateral procedure. 1 gluteal bleeding occurred as the only acute minor complication (0.7%). Fracture healing was verified with follow-up CTs in 42/46 sacral fractures after screw placement. Backing out occurred in 12/85 screws between 6 and 69 days after intervention. In 8 patients contralateral stress fractures were detected after unilateral screw placement between day 10 and 127 (average: 48 days). CT-guided iliosacral screw placement in sacral fractures is a safe tool providing a very high precision. The radiation dose is in the order of a diagnostic CT of the pelvis for both unilateral and bilateral screws. Contralateral stress fractures in unilateral screw placements have to be considered during the first weeks after intervention.

  15. Enhancement of biodegradation and osseointegration of poly(ε-caprolactone)/calcium phosphate ceramic composite screws for osteofixation using calcium sulfate.

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    Wu, Chang-Chin; Hsu, Li-Ho; Tsai, Yuh-Feng; Sumi, Shoichiro; Yang, Kai-Chiang

    2016-04-01

    Internal fixation devices, which can stabilize and realign fractured bone, are widely used in fracture management. In this paper, a biodegradable composite fixator, composed of poly(ε-caprolactone), calcium phosphate ceramic and calcium sulfate (PCL/CPC/CS), is developed. The composition of CS, which has a high dissolution rate, was expected to create a porous structure to improve osteofixation to the composite fixator. PCL, PCL/CPC, and PCL/CPC/CS samples were prepared and their physical properties were characterized in vitro. In vivo performance of the composite screws was verified in the distal femurs of rabbits. Results showed that the PCL/CPC/CS composite had a higher compressive strength (28.55 ± 3.32 MPa) in comparison with that of PCL (20.64 ± 1.81 MPa) (p enhanced apatite formation of the PCL/CPC composite screw. This osteoconductive PCL/CPC/CS is a good candidate material for internal fixation devices. PMID:27041468

  16. A Biomechanical Study Comparing Helical Blade with Screw Design for Sliding Hip Fixations of Unstable Intertrochanteric Fractures

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    Qiang Luo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic hip screw (DHS is a well-established conventional implant for treating intertrochanteric fracture. However, revision surgery sometimes still occurs due to the cutting out of implants. A helical blade instead of threaded screw (DHS blade was designed to improve the fixation power of the osteoporotic intertrochanteric fracture. In this study, the biomechanical properties of DHS blade compared to the conventional DHS were evaluated using an unstable AO/OTA 31-A2 intertrochanteric fracture model. Fifty synthetic proximal femoral bone models with such configuration were fixed with DHS and DHS blade in five different positions: centre-centre (CC, superior-centre (SC, inferior-center (IC, centre-anterior (CA, and centre-posterior (CP. All models had undergone mechanical compression test, and the vertical and rotational displacements were recorded. The results showed that DHS blade had less vertical or rotational displacement than the conventional DHS in CC, CA, and IC positions. The greatest vertical and rotational displacements were found at CP position in both groups. Overall speaking, DHS blade was superior in resisting vertical or rotational displacement in comparison to conventional DHS, and the centre-posterior position had the poorest performance in both groups.

  17. Detecting thrust bearing failure within a screw compressor

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    A 3 1/2 mile ring of over 1000 superconducting magnets are needed to focus and drive the world's highest energy particle smasher. 24 Refrigerators supply liquid helium to the magnets; 34 high pressure oil flooded screw compressors supply 285 psig helium gas to the refrigerators. The 400 h.p. screws are reliable machines that use 45 gallons of oil per minute to seal and lubricate the rotors, lubricate the bearings, and remove the heat of compression. These machines are spaced out in seven buildings over four miles. A minimum of 28 machines must be operating at all times. A contingent of operators start, stop, and monitor any machine from a distant control room. The 34 compressors have an average of 32,000 hours; 9 machines have over 40,000 hours; the highest is 55,000 hours

  18. Application of the permanent magnets to screwing devices

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    The problem of automatic screwing devices that use permanent magnets to transmit a torque without contact between two rotors is that an unscrewing occurs after the pull-out has occured. A solution to avoid this is to conceive devices with a dissymmetrical torque behaviour with regard to the angular shifting of the rotors. This can be done by modifying the shape of the magnets: inclined planes poles with a plateau and a cyclic ratio different from 0.5 give structures for which the positive maximum torque is higher than the negative one. Another approach consists in considering poles of different width on each rotor, jointive on only one of them. The behaviour is largely improved for screwing devices: maximum positive torque two times greater than the negative one, no loss of torque with regard to a classical coupling, reduction of the magnet weight, thus of the device inertia. (orig.)

  19. Paraxial propagation in amorphous optical media with screw dislocation

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    We study paraxial beam propagation parallel to the screw axis of a dislocated amorphous medium that is optically weakly inhomogeneous and isotropic. The effect of the screw dislocation on the beam's orbital angular momentum is shown to change the optical vortex strength, rendering vortex annihilation or generation possible. Furthermore, the dislocation is shown to induce a weak biaxial anisotropy in the medium due to the elasto-optic effect, which changes the beam's spin angular momentum as well as causing precession of the polarization. We derive the equations of motion of the beam and demonstrate the optical Hall effect in the dislocated medium. Its application with regard to determining the Burgers vector as well as the elasto-optic coefficients of the medium is explained