Bone Healing w/ Plates


- Discussion:
    - see fracture healing menu and plate biomechanics menu and bone healing with locking plates
    - where bone is under compression w/ no gap, dead bone is reabsorbed, & resorption cavities, produced by cutting cones of
             osteoclasts, traverse the fracture plane;
    - clinically the ideal result of rigid plating should have primary endosteal healing w/o perceptible periosteal callus;
    - degree to which external callus forms is an index of the amount of motion at the fracture site;
    - primary bone healing:
            - in direct healing no relevant amount of callus, esp of callus which specifically bridges frx line, becomes visible radiologically;
            - radiologic appearance of direct fracture healing is characterized by virtual absence of callus formation;
            - when ideal fixation is attained, there is no resorption of bone ends, & fracture heals by revascularization of the bone
                    ends and endosteal callus;
    - vascular considerations: (see bone vascular anatomy)
         - no more than half of bone circumference is epiperiosteally exposed;
         - to minimize further injury to blood supply of bone, the periosteum should be stripped sparringly with a periosteal elevator and
                only sufficiently for application of the plate;
         - formly orthopedists recommended that the plate be placed on the periosteum rather than the bone;
                - report by Whiteside et al., however, suggestion that exposure by this technique produces greater bloodsupply alteration
                          than an exposure that strips the periosteum with the muscle attached;

- Misc:
    - generous lengths of incisions will help to avoid inadvertent stripping during the manipulation;
    - as rule plate should not be used to stabilize a fracture of wt bearing bone, but to unload (protect) a  fracture stabilized by other
              means (eg., lag screws);
              - it is important goal of use of plate to at least partially unload fractured bone which has previously been fixed using screws;
    - before plate application, larger comminuted fragments should be secured to main fragments w/ lag screws to produce
              interfragmentary compression



The effects of extraperiosteal and subperiosteal dissection. II. On fracture healing.

The effects of extraperiosteal and subperiosteal dissection. I. On blood flow in muscle.

Comparison of the effects of compression plates and external fixators on early bone-healing.

Effects of plates on cortical bone perfusion.   

The biomechanics and biology of internal fixation using plates and nails.   

Early temporary porosis of bone induced by internal fixation implants. A reaction to necrosis, not to stres protection?   

Rigid or sliding plate. A mechanical evaluation of osteotomy fixation in sheep.    

Biomechanical Considerations in Plate Osteosynthesis: the Effect of Plate-to-Bone Compression with and without Angular Screw Stability.

Evolution of the internal fixation of long bone fractures. The scientific basis of biological internal fixation: choosing a new balance between stability and biology.



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:03 am