Nicky Bertollo

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BACKGROUND CONTEXT Rapid and stable fixation at the bone-implant interface would be regarded as one of the primary goals to achieve clinical efficacy, regardless of the surgical site. Although mechanical and physical properties of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) provide advantages for implant devices, the hydrophobic nature and the lack of direct bone contact(More)
Arthroplasty has evolved with the application of electron beam melting (EBM) in the manufacture of porous mediums for uncemented fixation. Osseointegration of EBM and plasma-sprayed titanium (Ti PS) implant dowels in adult sheep was assessed in graduated cancellous defects and under line-to-line fit in cortical bone. Shear strength and bony ingrowth (EBM)(More)
Non-perpendicular drilling of bone is commonplace in orthopaedic surgery. In the absence of drill-jigs and guides, the drill-tip is prone to skiving along the bone. Skiving can alter the position of the intended hole or result in damage to surrounding tissues. We hypothesised that the acute point-angle and increased flexural rigidity of 3-fluted drills - in(More)
Carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone (CFR/PEEK) is theoretically suitable as a material for use in hip prostheses, offering excellent biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and the absence of metal ions. To evaluate in vivo fixation methods of CFR/PEEK hip prostheses in bone, we examined radiographic and histological results for cementless or(More)
A carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is theoretically a suitable material for use in an uncemented hip prosthesis considering it can provide isoelastic environment with the surrounding bone, adequate fatigue strength, and a metal-free radiographic evaluation. To date, the selection of polymer material and optimization of both design and surface finish(More)
The use of PMMA cement is common in arthroplasty for cemented fixation and defect filling. Concerns remain regarding effects of cement curing temperature on the viability of cancellous bone. In this study we filled surgically-created defects (mean volume 0.585±0.251 mL) in the cancellous bone of the distal femur and proximal tibia of 6 sheep with PMMA and(More)
Post-operative patellar tendon shortening induces a distal positioning of the patella in the femoral trochlear groove, which has been associated with pain and impeded mobility. An idealized in vitro model was used to examine the effects of shortening on patellar kinematics. The PT length was progressively reduced by up to 5 mm (1-mm instalments) using a(More)
Hamstring tendon autografts are used for reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. This study tested the hypothesis that a 5-strand hamstring autograft construct is superior in strength to a 4-strand construct. Four-strand and 5-strand tendon grafts constructs were prepared from ovine flexor tendons and then tested in a uniaxial electromechanical(More)
BACKGROUND A pedicle screw insertion technique known as "hubbing" involves the removal of cortical bone around the screw insertion with the aim of improving fixation and decreasing screw loosening. However, the efficacy of this procedure relative to bone density and early loading have not been fully explored. The purpose of this study is to establish the(More)
The Pulvertaft weave has been the standard tendon junction technique used both in tendon transfers and tendon grafts. A limitation of this repair is the sequential failure of stabilizing sutures, rather than the tendon. A novel loop weave is described and compared with the Pulvertaft weave in biomechanical performance. Ovine deep flexor and extensor tendons(More)