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Comparative Modes of Failure: Trans-Sacral Rod Vs. Pedicle Screw for L5/ S1 Fusion - A Biomechanical Analysis | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

Comparative Modes of Failure: Trans-Sacral Rod Vs. Pedicle Screw for L5/ S1 Fusion - A Biomechanical Analysis

Eric O. Klineberg1*, Mark Kayanja2, Dhruv B. Pateder3 and Isador Lieberman4
1Department of Orthopaedics, University of California at Davis, Sacramento, USA
2Orthopaedic Resident, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, USA
3Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgeon, Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, Reston, USA
4Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgeon, Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA
Corresponding Author : Eric O Klineberg
Department of Orthopaedics
UC Davis Health System, 4860 Y Street, Sacramento
CA 95817, USA
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Received December 14, 2011; Accepted January 07, 2012; Published January 10, 2012
Citation: Klineberg EO, Kayanja M, Pateder DB, Lieberman I (2012) Comparative Modes of Failure: Trans-Sacral Rod Vs. Pedicle Screw for L5/S1 Fusion - A Biomechanical Analysis. J Spine 1:107. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000107
Copyright: © 2012 Klineberg EO, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: The L5-S1 trans-sacral axial rod represents a less invasive approach to spinal fixation. No study to date has biomechanically tested this device to failure to compare it to the more common pedicle screw instrumentation in the human cadaveric spine.

Methods: Seven human lumbar spines (L4-pelvis) with an average t score of -3.5, were randomly divided into a pedicle screw construct [4] and axial trans-sacral rod [3]. The spines were then tested in a custom built platform to determine the effect of a pure flexion moment. Testing was performed with six cycles (10 N/m), and final destructive testing (maximum 50 N/m).

Results:The pedicle screw construct has similar motion at the L5/S1 junction compared to the trans-sacral rod construct in cyclical testing. With destructive testing, no significant motion difference is observed at the L5/S1 segment, and no overt failure was noted. However, there was free motion and displacement at the L4/5 segment and in 3 specimens there was complete failure of the posterior ligamentous complex.

Conclusion: The trans-sacral axial rod was comparable to pedicle screws at the L5/S1 disc space in a pure flexion biomechanical model. No overt failure was observed in the destructive testing at the instrumented levels

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