Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Maintenance: Tuesday, 5.7.2016, 07:00-08:00

Maintenance work on ZORA and JDB on Tuesday, 5th July, 07h00-08h00. During this time there will be a brief unavailability for about 1 hour. Please be patient.

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54005

Gerber, C; Snedeker, J G; Krause, A S; Appenzeller, A; Farshad, M (2011). Osteochondral glenoid allograft for biologic resurfacing of the glenoid: biomechanical comparison of novel design concepts. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 20(6):909-916.

[img]Published Version
PDF - Registered users only
View at publisher



Biologic resurfacing of the glenoid has hitherto failed to adequately restore the geometry and biology of the glenoid. We hypothesised that a new concept for a press-fit osteochondral allograft glenoid replacement would restore the anatomic geometry of the glenoid, with primary stability guaranteed by the construct through press-fit fixation alone.

Five sawbone models of human scapulae and 5 models using sheep scapulae were prepared for testing of 3 different interface designs (cross, rectangle, and dovetail). Micromotion at the graft interface was assessed in response to 1000 cycles of 30 N shear and 100 N compressive load, and maximal craniocaudal force was determined under 500 N compressive load.

In sawbones, mean (range) micromotion ranged from 38 (13-88) μm for cross to 208 (89-335) μm for rectangle, and decreased to 29 (21-57) μm for cross to 104 (34-127) μm for rectangle after 1000 cycles of applied shear force. In sheep bone, the mean (range) of micromotion was 15 (9-22) μm for dovetail to 51 (10-503) μm for cross and decreased to 15 (10-20) μm for dovetail to 44 (24-199) μm for cross; after 1000 cycles with the rectangle design, it decreased from 32 (25-217) μm to 16 (9-143) μm.

Despite biomechanical differences, in vitro allograft stability was generally adequate for all tested designs, particularly after the graft was allowed to "seat" by repetitive loading. While various geometries are potentially candidates for press-fitting a glenoid allograft to a host scapula, a rectangular interface between graft and host provided a favorable combination of both technical feasibility and biomechanical reliability.

The concept of an osteochondral glenoid allograft for glenoid reconstruction is technically feasible and demonstrates adequate primary stability in vitro.


6 citations in Web of Science®
7 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™



11 downloads since deposited on 17 Jan 2012
1 download since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:17 Jan 2012 13:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:18
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jse.2010.12.020
PubMed ID:21444216

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page