Load tolerance of tibial plateau depressions reinforced with a cluster of K-wires.

Journal Article

The efficacy of subchondral Kirschner wires in enhancing load tolerance of the tibial plateau articular cartilage was examined in a biomechanical study of cadaveric tibias. Seven patterns of K-wires were evaluated under axial loading equivalent to the maximum loading of the knee during normal gait. Subchondral K-wire reinforcement of tibial plateau depressions significantly enhanced load tolerance. This suggests that a subchondral cluster of K-wires in the treatment of tibial plateau fractures may protect the articular cartilage from the loss of reduction resulting from the forces applied to the knee during non-weight-bearing motion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beris, AE; Soucacos, PN; Glisson, RR; Seaber, AV; Urbaniak, JR

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 12 - 15

PubMed ID

  • 8771347

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-5647

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States