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Biomechanical Testing of Spinal Segment Fixed by Arcofix System on the Swine Spine.

Kelbl M, Kocis J, Vesely R, Florian Z, Navrat T, Vosynek P - Asian Spine J (2015)

Bottom Line: A statistically significant difference was found between the intact and injured states as well as between the injured and implanted specimens.In the case of instability, the area decreased to 33% of the physiological value.For the implanted sample, the area increased to 170% of the physiological value.

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Affiliation: Department of Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

ABSTRACT

Study design: An in vitro biomechanical study.

Purpose: To evaluate the mechanical properties of the spinal segment in the intact, injured, and stabilized state after fixation by an Arcofix implant.

Overview of literature: Several types of thoracolumbar spine injury necessitates anterior instrumentation. The Arcofix plate represents the latest generation of angular stablity systems. The biomechanical properties of these implants have not been sufficiently studied yet.

Methods: A total of ten porcine specimens (levels Th12-L3) were prepared. The tests were performed for intact, injured, and implanted specimens. In each state, the specimen was subjected to a tension load of a prescribed force, and subsequently, twisted by a given angle. The force load was 200 N. The torsion load had a deformation character, i.e., the control variable was the twisting angle and the measured variable was the moment of a couple. The amplitude of the load alternating cycle was 3°. Another parameter that was evaluated was the area of the hysteresis loop. The area corresponds to the deformation energy which is dissipated during the cycle.

Results: A statistically significant difference was found between the intact and injured states as well as between the injured and implanted specimens. The statistical evaluation also showed a statistically different value of the hysteresis loop area. In the case of instability, the area decreased to 33% of the physiological value. For the implanted sample, the area increased to 170% of the physiological value.

Conclusions: The Arcofix implant with its parameters appears to be suitable and sufficiently stable for the treatment of the anterior column of the spine.

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Mentions: Test specimens were taken from domestic pigs. A total of ten specimens were prepared for the purposes of the experiment. We used segment levels Th12-L3. For the purposes of the mechanical tests, spinal segment had to be modified so that it could be tightened into the jaws of the testing machine. As the specimens are of organic origin, it was not possible to use fixtures designed for tests of technical materials. Both ends of the specimen were embedded in duracryl blocks that were tightened through plates with clamping pins into the jaws of a standard testing machine using six-jaw lathe chucks. The specimen tightened into the jaws of a testing machine is demonstrated in Fig. 1.


Biomechanical Testing of Spinal Segment Fixed by Arcofix System on the Swine Spine.

Kelbl M, Kocis J, Vesely R, Florian Z, Navrat T, Vosynek P - Asian Spine J (2015)

The specimen tightened in jaws of a testing machine.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
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Figure 1: The specimen tightened in jaws of a testing machine.
Mentions: Test specimens were taken from domestic pigs. A total of ten specimens were prepared for the purposes of the experiment. We used segment levels Th12-L3. For the purposes of the mechanical tests, spinal segment had to be modified so that it could be tightened into the jaws of the testing machine. As the specimens are of organic origin, it was not possible to use fixtures designed for tests of technical materials. Both ends of the specimen were embedded in duracryl blocks that were tightened through plates with clamping pins into the jaws of a standard testing machine using six-jaw lathe chucks. The specimen tightened into the jaws of a testing machine is demonstrated in Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: A statistically significant difference was found between the intact and injured states as well as between the injured and implanted specimens.In the case of instability, the area decreased to 33% of the physiological value.For the implanted sample, the area increased to 170% of the physiological value.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

ABSTRACT

Study design: An in vitro biomechanical study.

Purpose: To evaluate the mechanical properties of the spinal segment in the intact, injured, and stabilized state after fixation by an Arcofix implant.

Overview of literature: Several types of thoracolumbar spine injury necessitates anterior instrumentation. The Arcofix plate represents the latest generation of angular stablity systems. The biomechanical properties of these implants have not been sufficiently studied yet.

Methods: A total of ten porcine specimens (levels Th12-L3) were prepared. The tests were performed for intact, injured, and implanted specimens. In each state, the specimen was subjected to a tension load of a prescribed force, and subsequently, twisted by a given angle. The force load was 200 N. The torsion load had a deformation character, i.e., the control variable was the twisting angle and the measured variable was the moment of a couple. The amplitude of the load alternating cycle was 3°. Another parameter that was evaluated was the area of the hysteresis loop. The area corresponds to the deformation energy which is dissipated during the cycle.

Results: A statistically significant difference was found between the intact and injured states as well as between the injured and implanted specimens. The statistical evaluation also showed a statistically different value of the hysteresis loop area. In the case of instability, the area decreased to 33% of the physiological value. For the implanted sample, the area increased to 170% of the physiological value.

Conclusions: The Arcofix implant with its parameters appears to be suitable and sufficiently stable for the treatment of the anterior column of the spine.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus