Strength of stainless steel surgical wire in various fixation modes.

  title={Strength of stainless steel surgical wire in various fixation modes.},
  author={Rick Schultz and J W Boger and Harold K. Dunn},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
Although wire is a commonly used fixation device in orthopedics, little is known about the effects of fastening methods and configurations on the strength of wiring systems. Three sizes of stainless steel surgical wire were tested in noncyclic tensile loading. Load failure levels increased with enlarging wire diameter. Fastening twists were stronger than knots or the ASIF bend technique. The failure mode for twists was untwisting. More than two twists gave no additional strength to the system… CONTINUE READING

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