This study examined the effect of single versus triple-wrap cerclage fixation techniques in preventing propagation of a longitudinal fracture around a cementless femoral prosthesis A proximal filling femoral component was implanted in 14 matched pairs of fresh-frozen bovine femora, following placement of a 45-mm longitudinal crack in the anteromedial cortical wall of the proximal femur. In one group of seven pairs, a single cerclage wire was applied to one specimen of each pair. A triple-wrap of a single cerclage wire was similarly placed in one specimen of each of the other seven pairs. All specimens were axially loaded on a materials testing system machine and the force required to propagate the fracture of the proximal femur was recorded. A triple-wrap cerclage technique required a significant increase in the force to propagate a proximal femur fracture around a non-cemented prosthesis when compared to a single cerclage wire.
- Cerclage wiring
- Non-cemented total hip arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine