Biomechanical arrangement of threaded and unthreaded portions providing holding power of transpedicular screw fixation

Fon Yih Tsuang, Chia Hsien Chen, Lien Chen Wu, Yi Jie Kuo, Shang Chih Lin, Chang Jung Chiang

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Background Failure of pedicle screw is a major concern in spinal surgery. The threaded and unthreaded portions of the pedicle screw provide the ability to anchor and squeeze the surrounding bone, respectively. This study aimed to investigate the anchoring and squeezing effects of different design of the threaded/unthreaded portions of a pedicle screw to vertebrae. Methods Four variations (one fully and three partially threaded, with a 1/3, 1/2, and 2/3 unthreaded designs at the proximal portion) of screws were used to measure pullout strength and withdrawn energy using synthetic and porcine specimens. The tests were conducted in static and dynamic fashions, in that the screws were axially extracted directly and after 150,000 cycles of lateral bending. The load-displacement curves were recorded to gain insight into the peak load (pullout strength) and cumulative work (withdrawn energy). Findings The two testing results of the synthetic and porcine specimens consistently showed that the 1/3 unthreaded screw provides significantly higher pullout strength and withdrawn energy than the fully threaded screw. The withdrawn energy of the three unthreaded screws was significantly higher than that of the threaded counterpart. Interpretation The holding power of a pedicle screw was the integration of the anchoring (cancellous core) and squeezing (compact pedicle) effects within the threaded and unthreaded portions. The current study recommends the 1/3 unthreaded screw as an optimal alternative for use as a shank-sliding mechanism to preserve the holding power within the pedicle isthmus.
頁(從 - 到)71-76
期刊Clinical Biomechanics
出版狀態已發佈 - 11月 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 生物物理學
  • 骨科和運動醫學


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