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Vet Surg. 2012 Jan;41(1):103-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00913.x. Epub 2011 Oct 31.

Comparison of the mechanical behaviors of locked and nonlocked plate/screw fixation applied to experimentally induced rotational osteotomies in canine ilia.

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Department of Small Animal Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.



To compare the mechanical behaviors of 2 locked (parallel and diverging screws) and 1 nonlocked (NL) version of triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) plate/screw fixation.


In vitro biomechanical evaluation.


Cadaveric canine hemipelves.


Comparison 1-NL screws 20° TPO (NL-20) construct versus locked parallel (LP) screws 20° TPO (LP-20) construct (n = 7). Comparison 2-LP-20 construct versus locked diverging (LD) screws 20° TPO (LD-20) construct (n = 6). Condition 1-Nondestructive loading to determine stiffness. Condition 2-Cyclic loading to determine stiffness, screw loosening, and osteotomy gap displacement. Condition 3-Load to failure (yield load, yield displacement, maximum load, load to failure, failure mode).


Stiffness was not significantly different for NL-20 versus LP-20 constructs (P = .48) or for LP-20 versus LD-20 constructs (P = .83). Screw loosening was significantly more frequent for NL-20 versus LP-20 (P = .01) and for LD-20 versus LP-20 constructs (P = .02). The relative risk for screw loosening with NL-20 constructs versus LP-20 constructs was 1.4 (95% CI: 1.1-1.8). The relative risk for screw loosening with LD-20 versus LP-20 was 1.6 (95% CI: 1.1-2.2). Yield load was significantly greater for LP-20 versus NL-20 and LD-20 constructs (P = .04, P = .03), respectively.


No TPO constructs tested maintained complete integrity after cyclic loading; however, screw loosening was significantly reduced and yield loads were significantly larger for LP-20 plate/screw constructs.

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