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Design of an occipito-cervical fixation device

Metal plates may be used to stabilize the cervical spine. The plates are attached to the posterior of the vertebra by placing screws into the lateral masses. The plating may be extended, in the form of rod or plate, to connect with and support the occiput. Several problems, such as screw loosening and the plate obscuring the surgeon’s view as a screw is being inserted, have been identified with present plate systems. This paper describes the initial design for a cervical fixation device to overcome these problems, and the design and development that was undertaken to enable a prototype device to be manufactured

Keywords : Bone Plates,Bone Screws,Cervical Vertebrae,Computer Simulation,diagnostic imaging,Equipment Design,Finite Element Analysis,Humans,Internal Fixators,Models,Biological,Occipital Bone,Radiography,Spine,statistics & numerical data,surgery,Titanium,Universities,, Occipitocervical,Fixation,Device, slipped disc mri scan

Date of Publication : 2000

Authors : Shepherd DE;Bolger CM;Leahy JC;Mathias KJ;Hukins DW;

Organisation : Department of Bio-Medical Physics and Bio-Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Journal of Publication : Proc Inst Mech Eng H

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10997060

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