Precontoured Quadrilateral Surface Acetabular Plate Fixation Demonstrates Increased Stability When Compared With Pelvic Reconstruction Plates: A Biomechanical Study

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imageObjective:
To compare the stability of 3 fixation strategies for a transverse acetabular fracture: a reconstruction plate with anterior and posterior column screws (group A); an infrapectineal precontoured quadrilateral surface buttress (iPQSB) plate alone (group B); and an anterior column lag-screw and iPQSB plate (group C).
Methods:
A transverse acetabular fracture was created in 18 synthetic hemipelvises. Six were fixed by each of the 3 methods described. Specimens underwent cyclic axial compressive loading to 1700N for 42,000 cycles while anterior and posterior column displacements were measured, followed 4800N for 50 cycles. Displacement and stiffness data were analyzed with analysis of variance and Tukey HSD. A Cox proportional hazards regression model was used to determine survival rate. P values