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A Computational Approach to Bone Remodeling Postoperative to Facet Fusion

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Ferris M. Pfeiffer

Brenoak Labs LLC, Columbia, MO

Dennis L. Abernathie

Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Columbia, MO

Paper No. BioMed2008-38069, pp. 13-14; 2 pages
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 18–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4833-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3823-4
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The mechanical and biologic factors that drive bone fusion can be better understood. This is evident in the fact that of the approximately 200,000 spine fusion procedures performed each year failure to achieve a bony union can occur in as many as 40% of the cases (Boden 2002). Advances in computational methods and mathematical modeling of bone fusion make it advantageous to use numerical methods such as the finite element method, to better understand bone remodeling mechanics.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Bone



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