Loads on internal spinal fixators measured in different body positions


Telemeterized internal spinal fixation devices were implanted in ten patients. The loads acting on the fixators were compared for different body positions, including standing, sitting, and lying in a supine, prone, and lateral position. Implant loads differed considerably from patient to patient depending, for example, on the indication for surgery and the surgical procedure. They were altered by anterior interbody fusion. Mostly, only small differences in implant loads were found for the various lying positions. Flexion bending moments were significantly higher in upright than in lying body positions. Loads on the fixators were not higher for sitting than for standing. Patients who have undergone mono- or bisegmental spine stabilization should therefore be allowed to sit as soon as they can leave the bed.

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Received: 16 July 1999 Accepted: 20 July 1999

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Rohlmann, A., Bergmann, G. & Graichen, F. Loads on internal spinal fixators measured in different body positions. E Spine J 8, 354–359 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s005860050187

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  • Key words Internal spinal fixator
  • Load measurement
  • Body position
  • Telemetry
  • Spine