Management of Tibial Metaphyseal Fractures by Hybrid External Fixator


Introduction: The Hybrid External Fixator combines the advantages of the monolateral pin fixators and the circular Ilizarov wire fixators. Principle of early motion has been touted as the functional savior of major intra articular injuries in application of hybrid external fixation. Materials & Methodology: 48 patients were considered for the study with tibial fractures admitted in Mamata General Hospital from May 2011 to May 2013. Results: The union and functional outcome of hybrid external fixator in simple and complex proximal and distal metaphyseal fractures of tibia in adults was evaluated at our centre. The fractures of the proximal tibia united with an average of 13.3 weeks (12 - 16 weeks). The fractures of the distal tibia united with an average of 14.42 weeks (13 - 22 weeks) with minimal complications. Conclusion: Our study shows high satisfaction rate after fixation, provides adequate stability and allows early motion of the joint. It is also effective in extra articular fractures occurring within 5 cm of the joint as the IM nails often do not provide enough stability and plating requires extensive soft tissue dissection.

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Gupta, S. and Sunil, G. (2014) Management of Tibial Metaphyseal Fractures by Hybrid External Fixator. Open Journal of Orthopedics, 4, 84-89. doi: 10.4236/ojo.2014.43014.

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