Metacarpal fracture fixation with absorbable polyglycolide rods and stainless steel K wires: a biomechanical comparison.

@article{Maruyama1996MetacarpalFF,
  title={Metacarpal fracture fixation with absorbable polyglycolide rods and stainless steel K wires: a biomechanical comparison.},
  author={Tsutomu Maruyama and S. Ismat Saha and D O Mongiano and Kenneth W. Mudge},
  journal={Journal of biomedical materials research},
  year={1996},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={9-12}
}
Self-reinforced polyglycolide (SR-PGA) rods have been used widely for fracture fixation as an alternative to metallic implants. However, because of its insufficient strength and strength retention, the use of SR-PGA has been restricted to fractures or osteotomies of low stress bearing cancellous bone. To investigate its usefulness in fixing the fractures of cortical bone, the mechanical strength of a human metacarpal fracture fixed with SR-PGA rods was evaluated. The surgical constructs were… CONTINUE READING
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