In bone surgery it is essential to compress fractures interfragmentarily in order to make them resistant to the tensile force of muscles and the force resulting from acceleration and deceleration. This can be best achieved by the use of cable tension bands as a traction mechanism. The cable tension band is - in terms of stability of fractures - far superior to the conventional rigid cerclage wire which has been widely used in osteosynthesis for over 100 years. The author explains the biomechanics of the tension band in detail. Theoretical findings are confirmed by clinical test results. All osteosynthetic techniques which can be carried out with cables are described giving details of operation instructions. Errors and risks are always pointed out. A reference book and operative manual at a time.
The conventional binding wire; Modern wire cables; Cerclage wire and wire cables: An experimental comparison; Technical operation instructions; The mechanics of bone healing; Tension band; Patella fracture; Olecranon fracture; Ankle joint and pilon fractures; Osseous prominences; Compression cable osteosyntheses; Cable arthrodeses; Cable cerclages; Sleeve-Cable banding of instable pelvic ring injuries; Soft tissue trauma: temporary protection of ligament sutures using a cable; Special indications; Review and preview.