Design and preliminary biomechanical analysis of a novel motion preservation device for lumbar spinal disease after vertebral corpectomy

  • Jiantao Liu
  • Xijing He
  • Zhengchao Gao
  • Binbin Niu
  • Dongbo Lv
  • Yanzheng GaoEmail author
Orthopaedic Surgery



To design a novel prosthesis, a movable artificial lumbar complex (MALC), for non-fusion reconstruction after lumbar subtotal corpectomy and to evaluate the stability, range of motion and load-bearing strength in the human cadaveric lumbar spine.


Biomechanical tests were performed on lumbar spine specimens from 15 healthy cadavers which were divided in three groups: non-fusion, fusion and intact group. The range of motion (ROM), stability and load-bearing strength were measured.


The prosthesis was composed of three parts: the upper and lower artificial lumbar discs and the middle artificial vertebra. Both the MALC and titanium mesh cage re-established vertebral height, and no spinal cord compression or prosthesis dislocation was observed at the operative level. Regarding stability, there was no significant difference in all directions between the intact group and non-fusion group (P > 0.05). Segment movements of the specimens in the non-fusion group revealed significantly decreased T12–L1 ROM and significantly increased L1–2 and L2–3 ROM in flexion/extension and lateral bending compared with those in the fusion group (P < 0.05). Regarding load-bearing strength, when the lumbar vertebra was ruptured, there was no damage to the MALC and titanium mesh cage, but the maximum load in the non-fusion group was larger (P > 0.05).


Compared with titanium cages, the MALC prosthesis not only restored the vertebral height and effectively preserved segment movements without any abnormal gain of mobility in adjacent inter-vertebral spaces but also bore the lumbar load and reduced the local stress load of adjacent vertebral endplates.


Spine Prostheses and implants Biomechanical phenomena Non-fusion Artificial vertebral body 



I would like to express my gratitude to Lu Teng and Liang Hui. They gave us a lot of support and help during the study. I also owe a special debt of gratitude to the fund “The 2016th Science and technology breakthrough project of Henan province” (No. 162102310018) and “Henan provincial science and technology innovation outstanding talent project” (154200510027). In the financial support of them, we finally successfully completed this experiment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiantao Liu
    • 1
  • Xijing He
    • 2
  • Zhengchao Gao
    • 2
  • Binbin Niu
    • 2
  • Dongbo Lv
    • 1
  • Yanzheng Gao
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Spine and Spinal CordHenan Provincial People’s HospitalZhengzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsSecond Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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