Effects of Construct Stiffness on Healing of Fractures Stabilized with Locking Plates

Bottlang, Michael; Doornink, Josef; Lujan, Trevor J.; Fitzpatrick, Daniel C.; Marsh, J. Lawrence; Augat, Peter; von Rechenberg, Brigitte; Lesser, Maren; Madey, Steven M.
December 2010
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;2010 Supplement 2, Vol. 92-A, p12
Academic Journal
The article presents a research study on the effects of construct stiffness in promoting fracture-healing by the use of locking plates such as locked-plate constructs and far-cortical-locking fixator. Far-cortical-locking fixator is believed to promote fracture-healing by decreasing construct stiffness without reducing the strength and durability of the fixator. On the other hand, a clinical evidence is presented that locked-plate constructs may be too rigid to promote fracture-healing.


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