Effect of hoop stress fracture on micromotion of textured ingrowth stems for radial head replacement

Cholawish Chanlalit, Dave R. Shukla, James S. Fitzsimmons, Kai Nan An, Shawn W. O'Driscoll

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Background: Successful bone ingrowth around cementless implants requires adequate initial stability. Hoop stress fractures during stem insertion can potentially hinder prosthesis stability. Hypothesis: We hypothesized that an oversized radial head prosthetic stem (1 mm "too large" and causing a hoop stress fracture during insertion) would result in an unacceptable amount of micromotion. Materials and methods: Grit-blasted radial head prosthetic stems were implanted into cadaveric radii. Rasp and stem insertion energies were measured, along with micromotion at the stem tip. The sizes were increased until a fracture developed in the radial neck. Results: Prosthetic radial head stems that were oversized by 1 mm caused small cracks in the radial neck. Micromotion of oversized stems (42 ± 7 μm) was within the threshold conducive for bone ingrowth (<100 μm) and not significantly different from that for the maximum sized stems (50 ± 12 μm) (P ≥.4). Discussion: Contrary to our hypothesis, hoop stress fractures caused by implantation of a stem oversized by 1 mm did not result in loss of stability. Stem micromotion remained within the range for bone ingrowth and was not significantly diminished after the fracture. This suggests that if a crack occurs during the final stages of stem insertion, it may be acceptable to leave the stem in place without adding a cerclage wire. Conclusion: A small radial neck fracture occurring during insertion of a radial head prosthetic stem oversized by 1 mm does not necessarily compromise initial stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-954
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Basic science study
  • Biomechanical study
  • Elbow stability
  • Fracture
  • Hoop stress
  • Micromotion
  • Radial head prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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