External fixation of tibial fractures

Nirmal C. Tejwani, David Polonet, Philip R Wolinsky

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External fixation for definitive or initial management of tibial fractures has a long history, with pin-to-bar external fixation being the standard of care for definitive management. However, the use of this method has lessened because of the increased popularity of intramedullary nailing and drawbacks associated with external fixation. This method is still commonly used in the military environment and can be used for temporary stabilization of tibial fractures, especially in the setting of periarticular injuries. These fixators also may be useful for salvage of open and/or infected fractures that are unsuitable for internal fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalInstructional course lectures
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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