J Mater Sci: Mater Med (2017) 28:148 DOI 10.1007/s10856-017-5953-0 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF BIOMATERIALS Original Research Reduction of intradiscal pressure by the use of polycarbonate- urethane rods as compared to titanium rods in posterior thoracolumbar spinal ﬁxation 1 1 1 1 ● ● ● ● Eva Jacobs Alex K. Roth Jacobus J. Arts Lodewijk W. van Rhijn Paul C. Willems Received: 30 November 2016 / Accepted: 1 August 2017 / Published online: 21 August 2017 © The Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication Abstract Loss of sagittal alignment and balance in adult controls. The peak IDP for the spines instrumented with the spinal deformity can cause severe pain, disability and pro- PCU rods was signiﬁcantly lower in comparison to the gressive neurological deﬁcit. When conservative treatment titanium instrumentation group. These results demonstrated has failed, spinal fusion using rigid instrumentation is cur- the differences in mechanical load transfer characteristics rently the salvage treatment to stop further curve progres- between PCU and titanium rod constructs when subjected to sion. However, fusion surgery is associated with high ﬂexion-compression loading. The concept of stabilization revision rates due to instrumentation failure and proximal with a less rigid rod may be an alternative
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 21, 2017
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