Strength of cerclage fixation systems: a biomechanical study

Stephen J. Incavo, F. DiFazio, D. Wilder

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This study examined the load to failure ratio and stiffness of eight different cerclage techniques commonly used in the clinical management of fractures. For a single-loop cerclage, titanium cable was the strongest, while stainless steel wire secured with a commercial tightener was the weakest (P<0.05). When a single-loop configuration is necessary (i.e. trochanteric attachment) a cable system is superior to cerclage wiring. A double-wrap of either cable or wire was considerably stronger than any single-wrap cerclage technique and stronger than two cerclage wires (P<0.05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-238
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Biomechanics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • Cerclage wiring
  • Luque wire
  • Parham band
  • cable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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