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2010 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

Computational Simulations of the Anterior Vertebral Surface for Optimal Surgical Instrumentation Design OPEN ACCESS

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Francisco Casesnoves

Research Group in Geometric Design and Computing,SIAM-SIAG

J. Med. Devices 4(2), 027506 (Aug 09, 2010) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3439667 History: Published August 09, 2010; Online August 09, 2010

Abstract

The engineering design of surgical instrumentation to apply mechanical forces and linear moments on the human bones during the operations constitutes a rather difficult task. This is due both to the natural and pathological irregularities of the human bone morphology and surfaces and also to the individual variations from one patient to another. Usually, the forces are applied by the surgeon only on a determined part of the bone surfaces. This paper describes an innovative computational design method to digitalize, simulate, and fit mathematically the anterior vertebral body facet. We used real experimental data from 17 human cadaveric specimens to get and store a large amount of numerical surface digital values. The complete anterior vertebral body side was visualized and analyzed with grid data Subroutine, which was also used first to select the so-called natural regions of interest (ROIs). These ROIs correspond to those parts of the surface in contact with the surgical instrumentation, where the mechanical forces are applied. Subsequently, a numerical mathematical fitting-model was implemented for these ROIs. This was carried out with the development of a 3D geometrical least-squares optimization algorithm and appropriate software designed according to the proper numerical method selected. In doing so, the 3D superficies equations of the anterior vertebral body (L3, L4, L5, and S1) were determined after these fittings were mathematically checked as appropriate. Statistical parameters and determination coefficients that define the error boundaries and the goodness of this optimal fitting-model were calculated and NURBS error data in similar studies were commented. It was proven that the principal source of error was the micro- and macro-irregularities of human bone facets. The final surface equations, and their geodesics, were used to obtain accurate data for the spinal surgery instrumentation manufacturing. The industrial bioengineering result was the application of these equations for the design of a new spinal vertebral surgical distractor. This innovative distractor separates two adjacent vertebrae while keeping them parallel. That is, at their natural inclination, avoiding hammering the vertebrae to make the intervertebral space wider. The device mechanics also minimizes the necessary force to be carried out by the surgeon during the operation.

Copyright © 2010 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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