Surgical treatment of lumbosacral tuberculosis by one-stage debridement and anterior instrumentation with allograft through an extraperitoneal anterior approach
The purpose of this study was to develop a disinfection method using a microwave apparatus to treat large bone allografts. Heating of a bone allograft is an effective method for the disinfection of bacteria or inactivation of viruses. However, the size of the bone we can treat is limited, and following the popular method of using a bathtub is a lengthy process. The experimental system described here was designed using a microwave oven, an optical-fiber thermometer, and a power regulator. Large and small specimens, a femoral head, and a metatarsal were harvested from a bovine femur. The influence of size and the electrical or thermal characteristics of the specimens were assessed regarding temperature distribution after microwave irradiation. The effects of humidity or hot-air supply were also assessed. The average temperature of the bovine femoral head became 80 degrees C throughout the 15 min of microwave irradiation, although the temperature in the metatarsal did not attain uniformity. Microwave irradiation with a hot-air supply realized a uniform distribution of temperature at 83.0 degrees +/- 0.4 degrees C in the metatarsal within 15 min. Use of microwave irradiation enables quick heating for disinfection of large allograft bones when a hot-air supply was used as well.