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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 159-165

Analyses of undesirable clinical outcomes and supportive biomechanical data for a device are essential for the evolution of disruptive device technology in spine


1 Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence, Colleges of Engineering and Medicine, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
3 Spine and Scoliosis Specialists, Tampa, Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Vijay K Goel
Department of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence, 5046 NI, MS 303, College of Engineering, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/HMJ.HMJ_81_18

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Assumptions, inevitable part of engineering solution, lead to the disparities between positive biomechanical data and undesirable long- and short-term clinical outcomes for a given surgical procedure or device. Consequently, high-quality biomechanical data may not necessarily lead to desirable clinical outcomes. This review article discusses such issues for devices that provide ‘“stability/enhanced environment for fusion or restore motion”’ for the spinal segment (s) with goal of improving patient satisfaction.


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