Biomechanical Evaluation of 6.5-mm Cannulated Screws


Although biomechanical and clinical evidence exists regarding smaller compression screws, biomechanical data regarding the larger headless screws are not currently available. Headed and headless 6.5-mm cannulated compression screws were examined, with analysis of interfragmentary compression, insertion torque, and resistance of the construct to a shear force. No significant differences were seen between the maximum insertion torque of the headless or headed screws. Maximum and steady-state compression forces were also not significantly different between groups. Countersinking the headless model 2 mm led to a 77.01% decrease in steady-state compression levels. Shear testing did not reveal any significant differences in peak load at ultimate failure, specimen stiffness, or final block displacement, although a trend to increased peak load and stiffness was seen with the headless specimens. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 25(1):8–12, 2016) Key words: biomechanical, cannulated screws, headed, headless, 6.5 millimeter

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Benjamin C. Taylor, MD; Alan S. Litsky, MD, ScD2; Kevin J. Pugh, MD; and T. Ty Fowler, MD