, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 328-336

Augmentation of Implant Fixation in Osteoporotic Bone

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Osteoporosis presents a dilemma for the orthopedic surgeon. Screw fixation within the bone is crucial for mechanical stabilization, maintenance of reduction, and ultimately, fracture healing. For the patient, soft bones and physiological fragility usually benefit from immediate weight bearing and mobility to avoid further disuse osteoporosis, deconditioning, and immobility. For implant companies, traditional screws, plates, and nails function for simple fractures and compliant patients. Locked plating has improved screw purchase in osteoporotic bone and has expanded fracture fixation capabilities but is not the panacea for all fractures. For orthopedic surgeons, traditional surgical augmentation for osteoporosis consisting of dual plating, augmentation with polymethyl methacrylate, joint replacement, and now locked plating are beneficial. In order to advance orthopedic care in the expanding population of elderly osteoporotic patients, modern solutions utilizing the dual properties of secure fixation and relatively flexible implants are required. Endosteal substitution, extraosteal substitution, and combined nail/plate combinations are methods of utilizing traditional implants in a nontraditional way. Nonsurgical augmentation of fracture fixation is also paramount.