Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 196–201 | Cite as

Alternative Fixation in Osteoporotic Fractures

  • Daniela Tafur
  • David Alejandro Cabrera
  • Julián Salavarrieta
  • Carlos Mario OlarteEmail author
  • Rodrigo Fernando PesántezEmail author
Geriatric Orthopedics (E Meinberg, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Geriatric Orthopedics


Purpose of Review

The goal of this paper is to review the current available literature in alternative fixation in osteoporotic fractures, including the roles of locking plates, polyaxial screws, bone augmentation techniques, arthroplasty, and implant coating, as well as the role of co-managed care.

Recent Findings

Bone mineral density has a definitive role in fixation failure in osteoporotic bone; in some regions, such as the femoral head, if the BMD is below 250 mg/cm3, the failure rate will increase; if these areas can be identified and the fixation strength on them improved, the failure will decrease. In order to improve the fixation strength, several strategies have been explored: locking plates, polyaxial plates and screws, augmentation of the bone with cement or bone substitutes, implant coating, and at last, the use of arthroplasty as primary treatment in severe osteoporosis and periarticular and articular fractures.


Osteoporotic fracture care continues to be a challenge, especially in fracture fixation. There has been recent improvement in the approach to these complex injuries, starting with orthogeriatric co-management models of care to improve patient care and outcomes. Additionally, surgical options have improved through advances in surgical techniques, augmentation of proximal femur and proximal humerus fractures, locking polyaxial implants, and improved coating of implants and arthroplasty.


Osteoporosis Fragility fractures Fracture fixation Implant augmentation Orthogeriatrics 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Daniela Tafur reports grants from OTA, outside the submitted work.

Carlos Olarte reports payment as a speaker from DPS and Lilly and an international grant for research from OTA.

David Cabrera, Julian Salavarrieta, and Rodrigo Fernando Pesantez declare no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Tafur
    • 1
  • David Alejandro Cabrera
    • 1
  • Julián Salavarrieta
    • 1
  • Carlos Mario Olarte
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rodrigo Fernando Pesántez
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryFundación Santa Fe de BogotáBogotáColombia

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