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Orthopedics. 2008 Jun;31(6):541.

The effect of drill hole size on the fixation strength of a cemented prosthetic patellar button.

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State University of New York at Buffalo, University Orthopaedic Center, Southtowns, 3671 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA.


This study used a cadaver model to analyze the fixation strength of 3 different patellar resurfacing preparations using an all-polyethylene patellar component. One of 3 drill hole sizes was randomly selected and used to prepare the patella. The entire construct was cemented, mounted to a servohydraulic testing machine, cycled between 0 and 50 N, and then tested to failure. Mean forces obtained prior to failure were 258.5, 293, and 353.1 N for the chamfer, 4.5-mm, and 9.5-mm drill holes, respectively. There was a statistically significant difference in strength to failure between the 9.5-mm and chamfer drill hole sizes. These findings may help to reduce patellar implant failures.

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