Evaluation of a tapered-sleeve transcortical pin to reduce stress at the bone-pin interface in metacarpal bones obtained from horses.
RA Nash, DM Nunamaker, R Boston
Am J Vet Res | Published : 2001
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate stiffness and bone-pin interface stress for a transcortical tapered-sleeve pin (TSP) that incorporates bilateral tapered sleeves over a transcortical pin. SAMPLE POPULATION: 14 third metacarpal bones (MCIII) collected from adult horses of various breeds. PROCEDURE: Each MCIII was cut in half to provide 2 test specimens. Pins (conventional and TSP) of 3 diameters (6.35, 7.94, and 9.50 mm) were inserted in specimens (3 specimens for each diameter and each type of pin). The test fixture simulated a typical sidebar-span skeletal fixation device for horses. Single cycle load-deflection tests were performed. Cyclic fatigue tests of TSP were performed to evaluate fatigue char..View full abstract