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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


LOWNIE, J. F.; BETTS, P. A.; BRYANT, R. S.  and  CLEATON-JONES, P.. Torque removal force for osseointegrated implants - two experimental studies. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2008, vol.46, n.1, pp.18-20. ISSN 2078-5151.

OBJECTIVE: To introduce a rabbit-based model for testing the torque removal force (TRF) of implants and to compare the TRF of a series of titanium implants. METHODS: Two experiments were performed at the University of the Witwatersrand. In the first, a Swedish- (SSM-N) or a South African-manufactured (SSM-S) implant was implanted into the tibiae of 12 rabbits and the TRF measured at 1, 3 and 6 months. In the second experiment, the TRF of 4 South African-manufactured titanium implants in the tibia or femur of 32 rabbits were compared at 3 and 6 weeks. The implants were: 1 threaded machined (SSM-S), and 3 surface-enhanced - 1 threaded (SLA), 1 threaded tapered (MTT) and 1 pitted (RI). RESULTS: In experiment 1, TRF increased significantly with time (p<0.05) but there was no significant difference between TRF for the South African and Swedish machined-surface implant types. In experiment 2, the TRF of the MTT implant was significantly greater (p<0.0001) than the other 3 types, which did not differ significantly from each other. Time had no significant effect. CONCLUSION: In an internationally used rabbit-based model, South African and Swedish machined-surface titanium implants were equivalent; surface-enhanced implants produced higher TRF, and a tapered implant showed the highest TRF.

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