Open intramedullary nailing and bone-grafting for non-union of tibial diaphyseal fracture

E. E. Johnson, Richard A Marder

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Twenty consecutive patients who had non-union of twenty-two fractures (two of the patients had a segmental fracture) of the tibia underwent open reduction, debridement, and intramedullary nailing that was supplemented by bone-grafting with either autogenous cancellous iliac bone or cortical reamings of bone from the intramedullary canal. Eighteen patients had significant deformity associated with the tibial fracture. All but three patients had postoperative splinting for two to four weeks, followed by walking without a brace; the three patients who did not have postoperative splinting were more than sixty-five years old. All of the fractures went on to union. Two patients had a minor complication that did not affect the final result. Incorporation of callus across the site of non-union occurred at a rapid rate. Anatomical alignment of the tibial shaft was obtained in nineteen of the twenty patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-380
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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