Clavicular hook plates are frequently used in clinical orthopedics to treat acromioclavicular joint dislocation. However, patients often exhibit acromial osteolysis and peri-implant fracture after hook plate fixation. To solve the above problems, we developed a novel double-hook clavicular plate and used finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate its biomechanical properties.
A finite element (FE) model was constructed and validated. Then, a double-hook clavicular plate, a single-hook clavicular plate, and an anatomical double-hook clavicular plate was implanted into the acromioclavicular joint and fixed with screws in groups 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Finally, a load was applied, and some indicators were recorded and analyzed.
For both the proximal clavicular rotation angle and the distal clavicular displacement, the range of motion in groups 1 and 3 was more than 90% lower than that in group 2. The maximum von Mises stress of the clavicle in groups 1 and 3 was more than 45% lower than that in group 2. The maximum stress of the acromion in group 2 was significantly higher than that in groups 1 and 3, and that in group 3 was less than that in group 1, for both cortical and cancellous bone.
The double-hook clavicular plate could immediately reconstruct the stability of the acromioclavicular joint, effectively reducing the stress of the bone around the clavicle and screws. Additionally, the double-hook clavicular plate could reduce the peak stress of the acromion and produce a more uniform stress distribution.

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