Biomechanical Analysis of the Fixation System for T-Shaped Acetabular Fracture

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This study aims to evaluate the biomechanical mechanism of fixation systems in the most frequent T-shaped acetabular fracture using finite element method. The treatment of acetabular fractures was based on extensive clinical experience. Three commonly accepted rigid fixation methods (double column reconstruction plates (P × 2), anterior column plate combined with posterior column screws (P + PS), and anterior column plate combined with quadrilateral area screws (P + QS)) were chosen for evaluation. On the basis of the finite element model, the biomechanics of these fixation systems were assessed through effective stiffness levels, stress distributions, force transfers, and displacements along the fracture lines. All three fixation systems can be used to obtain effective functional outcomes. The third fixation system (P + QS) was the optimal method for T-shaped acetabular fracture. This fixation system may reduce many of the risks and limitations associated with other fixation systems.

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Fan, Y., Lei, J., Zhu, F., Li, Z., Chen, W., & Liu, X. (2015). Biomechanical Analysis of the Fixation System for T-Shaped Acetabular Fracture. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/370631

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