Surgical approach to bone healing in osteoporosis

Pesce, Vito and Speciale, Domenico and Sammarco, Giulio and Patella, Silvio and Spinarelli, Antonio and Patella, Vittorio (2009) Surgical approach to bone healing in osteoporosis. Clinical cases in mineral and bone metabolism, 6 (2). pp. 131-135. ISSN 1971-3266

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Osteoporotic fractures represent one of the most common cause of disability and one of the major voice in the health economic budget in many countries of the world. Fragility fractures are especially meta-epiphyseal fractures, in skeletal sites with particular biomechanic characteristic (hip, vertebrae), complex and with more fragments, with slow healing process (mineralization and remodeling) and co-morbidity. The healing of a fracture in osteoporotic bone passes through the normal stages and concludes with union of the fracture although the healing process is prolonged. Fractures in the elderly osteoporotic patients represent a challenge to the orthopaedic surgeons. Osteoporosis does not only increase the risk of fracture but also represents a problem in osteofixation of fractures in fracture treatment. The major technical problem that surgeons face, is the difficulty to obtain a stable fixation of an implant due to osteoporotic bone. The load transmitted at the bone-implant interface can often exceed the reduced strain tolerance of osteoporotic bone. In the treatment of osteoporotic fractures it is important to consider different aspects: general conditions of elderly patient and comorbidity, the reduced muscular and bone mass and the increased bone fragility, structural modifications as medullary expansion. The aim of surgical treatment is to obtain a stable fixation that reduces pain and permits an early mobilization

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Osteoporosis, bone healing, fractures fixation
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 611 Anatomia; Citologia; Istologia umana > 611.7 Sistema muscoloscheletrico, tegumento
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 10:57
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 10:57

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