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  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Threaded

    Headless Screws Compared to Traditional

    Headed Screws in Subtalar Fusion Model

    David E. Oji, Brent Parks, Mark Reed, Josh Nadaud, Michael Tsai, Alan Yan, Stuart Miller


  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Threaded Headless

    Screws Compared to Traditional Headed Screws

    in Subtalar Fusion Model

    David Oji

    Stuart Miller

    My disclosure is in the

    Final AOFAS Program Book.

    I have no potential conflicts

    with this presentation


  • Background:

    Headless screws shown to be equal or superior to traditional screws in: maintaining fixation in an osteotomy

    fracture reduction and fixation

    Headless screws provide a locking mechanism in the setting of lower compressive strength versus traditional screws

    Hypothesis: Headless screws hold a subtalar arthrodesis fusion model

    with less deformity in cyclic loading than conventional screws


  • Method:

    12 matched pairs -> subtalar arthrodesis


    2 screw fixation of the subtalar joint

    1 extremity w/ Integra 7.5mm headless cannulated screws

    Contralateral side w/ AO 7.3mm partially threaded cannulated


    Joint surface was not prepared


  • Method:

    Talus / calcaneus excised and mounted on loading frame

    Differential variable reluctance transducers used to measure motion

    Torque applied rate of 1 degree / sec

    0 N of axial load

    Stiffness and subtalar motion was assessed

    Paired t-test to determine statistical significance


  • Results:

    Headless screws compared to traditional screws demonstrated less motion before and after cyclical loading to internal and external rotation (p

  • Results:

    Statistically significant higher initial stiffness to internal and external rotation (p

  • Discussion:

    Headless screws demonstrated statistically significant increased stiffness and less motion compared to traditional screws

    Possible improved biomechanical properties due to proximal locking mechanism

    Clinical application in fusions that require more stability or in patients with osteopenic bone

    Provide less soft tissue irritation

    Further studies are needed to determine the clinical significance of using headless screws in subtalar fusion


  • Conclusion:

    The headless screw model was able to hold a

    subtalar arthrodesis with less deformity to cyclic

    loading compared to conventional headed



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