From 1992 to 1996, 49 patients with 49 tibial plateau fractures underwent operative treatment at the First Orthopaedic Department of the General Hospital of Athens. There were 3 type I fractures, 12 type II, 5 type III, 9 type IV, 5 type V and 15 type VI according to Schatzker's classification. 7 of the type VI fractures were open (5 grade II and 2 grade IIIA). All fractures were managed with ... [Show full abstract] open reduction and internal fixation and were followed to complete healing which averaged 4 months. 28 patients had excellent results, 13 good, 6 fair and 2 poor results. The fair and poor results were in polytrauma patients and in patients with open (grade II and grade IIIA) type VI fractures. Open reduction and internal fixation, when not strongly contraindicated, was found to be the preferred treatment in displaced tibial plateau fractures.