Fixation Stability and Stiffness of Two Implant Systems for Proximal Femoral Varization Osteotomy
Proximal femoral varization osteotomy is a well-established surgical procedure in children with severe hip problems. This study aimed to evaluate the fixation stability and stiness of two new implant systems. A biomechanical testing model was created with a total of 12 synthetic femora. Proximal femoral varization osteotomy was performed in every femur, and the synthetic femora were fixed with two dierent implant systems (PediLoc Locking Proximal Femur Plate System versus PediLoc Locking Cannulated Blade Plate System; OrthoPediatrics,Warsaw, IN, USA). The average torsional stiness of the locking plate group was higher than for the cannulated blade plate group. Dierences in internal and external rotations were seen between the two groups, but they were not significant. Using the tested implants in severe osteoporotic bones might show other results. Therefore, it might be helpful to use the locking plate system in osteoporotic bones and in cases of revision operations where stability is of critical focus.