Precision Implants and Instrumentation
The AO/ ASIF group developed the principles of internal fixation advanced by Lambotte and Danis that ultimately revolutionized internal fixation of the skeleton. Their choices of design, metals, and methods of application are based upon sound engineering and biomechanical principles, physical laws, and metallurgical biocompatibility, and much of the basic scientific research was performed at their Laboratory for Experimental Research in Davos, Switzerland. The AO/ ASIF group defined the principles discussed in Chapter 3. They emphasized preoperative planning as a method of achieving optimal operative results and documentation so that results could be analyzed.