Computerized mechanical validation of custom-made stems.

M. Viceconti, L. Bellingeri, M. Baleani, A. Toni

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The new community laws regarding medical devices require that custom-made devices be prescribed by the surgeon, who assumes responsibility for the device along with the manufacturer. It is the purpose of this study to indicate a method that allows use to check whether custom-made prostheses in particular conform to the requirements established by European laws; these are prostheses produced in a single model and that have rather short development and realization times. The pre-clinical method of validation proposed, based on a calculation with finite elements, was first verified by in vitro measurements and then used to evaluate 15 cases selected among the most critical ones in terms of size and/or geometrical irregularity from a group of 100 stems that had already been implanted. The method proposed was confirmed to be accurate and reliable; in 3 out of 15 stems analyzed we found values for mechanical resistance that were less than minimum values required by law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalLa Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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