Variations in 3D vs. 2D evaluation in lumbar spinal fusion simulations.
J Biomech. 2018 Mar 15;:
Authors: Hsu HW, Bashkuev M, Pumberger M, Schmidt H
Lumbar interbody fusion is at the moment the gold commonplace in treating sufferers with disc degeneration or segmental instability. Regardless of it having been used for a number of a long time, the non-union charge stays excessive. A failed fusion is steadily attributed to an insufficient mechanical atmosphere after instrumentation. Finite component (FE) fashions can present insights into the mechanics of the fusion course of. Earlier fusion simulations utilizing FE fashions confirmed that the geometries and materials of the cage can significantly affect the fusion consequence. Nevertheless, these research used axisymmetric fashions which lacked lifelike spinal geometries. Due to this fact, completely different modeling approaches have been evaluated to know the bone-formation course of. Three FE fashions of the lumbar movement phase (L4-L5) have been developed: 2D, Sym-3D and Nonsym-3D. The fusion course of primarily based on present mechano-regulation algorithms utilizing the FE simulations to guage the mechanical atmosphere was then built-in into these fashions. As well as, the affect of various lordotic angles (5, 10 and 15°) was investigated. The amount of newly shaped bone, the axial stiffness of the entire phase and bone distribution inside and surrounding the cage have been evaluated. In distinction to the Nonsym-3D, the 2D and Sym-3D fashions predicted extreme bone formation previous to bridging (peak values with 36 and 9% increased than in equilibrium, respectively). The 3D fashions predicted a extra uniform bone distribution in comparison with the 2D mannequin. The present outcomes exhibit the essential function of the lifelike 3D geometry of the lumbar movement phase in predicting bone formation after lumbar spinal fusion.
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