Percutaneous plating for comminuted midshaft fractures of the clavicle: A surgical technique to aid the reduction with nail assistance
ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Due to the complex anatomy of the clavicle, percutaneous plating with indirect reduction for comminuted midshaft fracture of the clavicle is challenging. The aim of this series was to report on a novel technique of nail-assisted percutaneous plating and to evaluate the radiographic and clinical outcomes in comminuted midshaft fractures of the clavicle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2009 and 2010, with nail assistance for the reduction and its maintenance, percutaneous plating was performed in 14 patients with comminuted midshaft fracture of the clavicle. The mean follow-up period was 17.6 months (range, 15-31 months). A retrospective review of the clinical and radiologic results for these patients was conducted. RESULTS: All fractures healed within a mean period of 15.6 weeks (range, 11-18 weeks) without loss of reduction. Regarding complications, there was no occurrence of implant failure or infection. All patients showed excellent shoulder function, with a mean Constant shoulder score of 99, and a mean Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score of 4.2 (range, 0-22) at the latest follow-up. No significant difference in mean proportional length was observed between injured and uninjured clavicles, with a mean of 0.4% (range, -1.5% to 2.4%). CONCLUSIONS: Minimally invasive percutaneous plating for comminuted midshaft fractures of the clavicle, combining the advantages of elastic intramedullary nailing and percutaneous plating, may be a good option.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Although conservative measures are the general choice of treatment for clavicle fractures; surgery is advised for displaced and multifragmentary fractures. Open reduction and osteosynthesis with a plate-screw combination are used widely as surgical treatment options. METHODS: In our study, there were 21 patients with Edinburgh Type IIB clavicle middiaphysal fractures treated surgically with locked anatomical clavicle plate. RESULTS: Among those 31 patients and 32 clavicle middiaphysal fractures, Seventeen clavicle fractures were right-side, and fifteen were left side. 24 of them were males, 7 of them were females and the mean age was 28 (15-62) years. The mean follow-up period was 12.3 (6-36) months and healing time 15.2 (12-20) weeks. 3 patients with Type IIB fracture had a healing time longer than 12 weeks. As the result of healing patients', mean constant score was 92 (85-98) and DASH score 9 (2-20). There has been a problem due to the implant detected in 3 (9%) patients. DISCUSSION: Successful functional and radiographic results can be achieved as a result of the surgical treatment of the clavicle middiaphysal fractures with locked anatomical plates.Ulusal travma ve acil cerrahi dergisi = Turkish journal of trauma & emergency surgery: TJTES 07/2014; 20(4):286-90. DOI:10.5505/tjtes.2014.88303 · 0.38 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This article describes a minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis technique for midshaft fractures of clavicles using intramedullary indirect reduction and prebent plates with 3D printing models. This technique allows for easy reduction of fractures with accurate prebent plates and minimal soft tissue injury around the fracture site.Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 08/2014; 134(11). DOI:10.1007/s00402-014-2075-8 · 1.31 Impact Factor