The effect of cerclage wires on the strength of diaphyseal bone.


In ten mature rabbits two cerclage wires were placed 9 mm apart on one femur. The contralateral femora were sham-operated and served as controls. The animals were killed after 99 days and the femora subjected to four-point bending tests. All wires were embedded in callus. Strength slightly increased and stiffness was unchanged in the wired femur compared… (More)


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