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A Guide To Finite Element Analysis Models Of The Spine For Clinicians – Cervical Disc Replacement

The article discusses the use of finite element analysis (FEA) in spine and orthopedic biomechanics research. FEA is a computer-based mathematical method that allows for the simulation of various scenarios in the field of medicine, such as disease mechanisms, surgical procedures, and physiological processes. FEA models have the potential to enhance clinical studies by enabling comparisons of surgical treatments that may not be feasible in human or animal studies. They can also provide valuable information on biomechanical parameters. However, there is limited understanding of the clinical applicability and translational potential of FEA models. The article aims to highlight the key features of FEA model building for clinicians and emphasizes the need for collaboration between surgeons and engineers in utilizing these models. An example of the use of FEA models in comparing disc arthroplasty implants is presented

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Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer-based mathematical method commonly used in spine and orthopedic biomechanical research. Advances in computational power and engineering modeling and analysis software have enabled many recent technical applications of FEA. Through the use of FEA, a wide range of scenarios can be simulated, such as physiological processes, mechanisms of disease and injury, and the efficacy of surgical procedures. Such models have the potential to enhance clinical…

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Abstract Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer-based mathematical method commonly used in spine and orthopedic biomechanical research. Advances in computational power and engineering modeling and analysis software have enabled many recent technical applications of FEA. Through the use of FEA, a wide range of scenarios can be simulated, such as physiological processes, mechanisms of,

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Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer-based mathematical method commonly used in spine and orthopedic biomechanical research. Advances in computational power and engineering modeling and analysis software have enabled many recent technical applications of FEA. Through the use of FEA, a wide range of scenarios can be simulated, such as physiological processes, mechanisms of disease and injury, and the efficacy of surgical procedures. Such models have the potential to enhance clinical studies by allowing comparisons of surgical treatments that would be impractical to perform in human or animal studies, and by linking model results to treatment outcomes. While traditional ex vivo experiments are limited by variabilities in tissue, the complexity of test setup, cost, measurable biomechanical parameters, and the repeatability of experiments, FEA models can be used to measure a wide range of clinically relevant biomechanical parameters. Generic or patient-specific anatomical models can be modified to simulate different clinical and surgical conditions under simulated physiological conditions. Despite these capabilities, there is limited understanding of the clinical applicability and translational potential of FEA models. For spine surgeons, a comprehensive understanding of the key features, strengths, and limitations of FEA models of the spine and their ability to personalize treatment options and assist in clinical decision-making would significantly enhance the impact of FEA research. Furthermore, fostering collaborations between surgeons and engineers could augment the clinical use of these models. The purpose of this review was to highlight key features of FEA model building for clinicians. To illustrate these features, the authors present an example of the use of FEA models in comparing FDA-approved disc arthroplasty implants.

Keywords: cervical disc arthroplasty; clinical application; finite element model; spine surgery.

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