Journal article

Balance Between Mechanical Stability and Mechano-Biology of Fracture Healing Under Volar Locking Plate

Xuanchi Liu, Saeed Miramini, Minoo Patel, JinJing Liao, Darpan Shidid, Lihai Zhang

ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

The application of volar locking plate (VLP) is promising in the treatment of dorsally comminuted and displaced fracture. However, the optimal balance between the mechanical stability of VLP and the mechanobiology at the fracture site is still unclear. The purpose of this study is to develop numerical models in conjunction with experimental studies to identify the favourable mechanical microenvironment for indirect healing, by optimizing VLP configuration and post-operative loadings for different fracture geometries. The simulation results show that the mechanical behaviour of VLP is mainly governed by the axial compression. In addition, the model shows that, under relatively large gap size ..

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