The treatment of displaced acetabular fractures with formal open reduction and internal fixation has gained general acceptance. However, extensile exposure can lead to complications. Two-dimensional fluoroscopy-based computerized navigation for placement of percutaneous screw across non-displaced acetabular fractures has attracted interest by making use of stored patient-specific imaging data to provide real-time guidance in multiple image planes during implant placement. The purpose of the present study was to document early treatment results and complications associated with this new technique and evaluate its clinical application to displaced acetabular fractures amenable to closed or limited open reduction.
Eighteen adult patients with 12 non-displaced and 8 displaced acetabular fractures were treated with percutaneous screw fixation under the guidance of a fluoroscopy-based navigation system. There were 14 men and four women with a mean age of 42.1 years (range 19-54 years). According to the AO and Orthopaedic Trauma Association Classification, there were nine 62-A3, five 62-B1, three 62-B2, and three 62-B3. The mean follow-up was 21 months (range 12-28 months). The mean time from injury to surgery was 4 days (range 2-7 days).
A total of 30 acetabular screws were inserted, including 21 anterior column screws and 9 posterior column screws. The average operation time was 24.6 min (range 16-47 min) from the image acquisition to wound closure. The average fluoroscopic time was 28.4 s (range 11-58 s). Compared to the final position of the screw, the average deviated distance of wire tip was 2.5 mm (range 1.1-3.6 mm) and the average trajectory difference was 2.45 degrees (range 1.5 degrees -4.6 degrees ). Maximal gap displacement averaged 10 mm (range 2-22 mm) preoperatively and 3 mm (range 0-5 mm) postoperatively; while maximal step displacement averaged 4 mm (range 1-10 mm) preoperatively and 2 mm (range 0-4 mm) postoperatively. One patient sustained a transient femoral nerve palsy and resolved 2 months after the operation. No superficial or deep infection occurred. Using the rating system of D'Aubigne and Postel, 13 patients had excellent results, 4 patients had good results, and 1 patient had a fair result.
Percutaneous screw fixation of acetabular fractures with 2D fluoroscopy-based navigation could be applied not only to non-displaced fractures but also to displaced fractures amenable to closed or limited open reduction.
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 04/2010; 130(9):1177-83. DOI:10.1007/s00402-010-1095-2 · 1.36 Impact Factor
Fifteen patients with 26 nonunions of diaphyseal forearm fractures were treated with interlocking intramedullary nails and iliac bone grafts. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the rate of successful healing and complications that developed after using this technique. The mean followup was 31 months (range, 25-38 months). The average length of bone loss after freshening the bone ends was 20 mm (range, 10-30 mm). Radiographic union was achieved in 14 patients (96%). Compared with the uninjured contralateral arm, the mean loss of flexion and extension motion at the wrist was 27 degrees. The mean loss of the arc of motion at the elbow was 18 degrees, and the mean loss of rotation of the forearm was 39 degrees. In seven patients, the amount and location of the maximum radial bow on the injured side were significantly different from those of the contralateral arm. Using the rating system of Anderson et al, two patients (13%) had excellent results, six patients (40%) had satisfactory results, six patients (40%) had unsatisfactory results, and one patient (7%) had a failed result. The mean Disabilities of the Arm and Shoulder Score was 35 points (range, 16-56 points), indicating moderate residual impairment. There were three postoperative complications (an incidence of 12%). Our results showed that interlocking intramedullary nailing of nonunions of the diaphysis of the radius or ulna with an open reaming technique should not be considered an adequate alternative to plate fixation of these injuries. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic study, Level IV (case series no, historical control group).
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