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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 2 ( August, 2013 ) > List of Articles


Conversion of open tibial IIIb to IIIa fractures using intentional temporary deformation and the Taylor Spatial Frame

Hemant Sharma, T. Nunn

Keywords : Open fracture, Wound closure, Taylor Spatial Frame, Deformity correction

Citation Information : Sharma H, Nunn T. Conversion of open tibial IIIb to IIIa fractures using intentional temporary deformation and the Taylor Spatial Frame. 2013; 8 (2):133-140.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-013-0160-0

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 31-08-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


The closure of small-to-moderate-sized soft tissue defects in open tibial fractures can be successfully achieved with acute bony shortening. In some instances, it may be possible to close soft tissue envelope defects by preserving length and intentionally creating a deformity of the limb. As the soft tissue is now able to close, this manoeuvre converts an open IIIb to IIIa fracture. This obviates the need for soft tissue reconstructive procedures such as flaps and grafts, which have the potential to cause donor-site morbidity and may fail. In this article, the authors demonstrate the technique for treating anterior medial soft tissue defects by deforming the bone at the fracture site, permitting temporary malalignment and closure of the wound. After healing of the envelope, the malalignment is gradually corrected with the use of the Taylor Spatial Frame. We present two such cases and discuss the technical indications and challenges of managing such cases.

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