Mechanical variables affecting balloon kyphoplasty outcome--a finite element study.

@article{Dabirrahmani2012MechanicalVA,
  title={Mechanical variables affecting balloon kyphoplasty outcome--a finite element study.},
  author={Dan{\'e} Dabirrahmani and Stephan Becker and Michael Hogg and Richard Appleyard and Gamal Baroud and Mark C. Gillies},
  journal={Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering},
  year={2012},
  volume={15 3},
  pages={211-20}
}
It is still unclear how a vertebral fracture should be stabilised and strengthened without endangering the remaining intact bone of the augmented vertebra or the adjacent vertebrae. Numerical modelling may provide insight. To date, however, few finite element (FE) spine models have been developed which are both multi-segmental and capture a more complete anatomy of the vertebrae. A 3-D, two-functional unit, CT-based, lumbar spine, FE model was developed and used to predict load transfer and… CONTINUE READING