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VOLUME 9 , ISSUE 1 ( April, 2014 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Bicondylar tibial plateau fractures treated with fine-wire circular external fixation

L. C. Marais

Keywords : Tibial plateau fracture, External fixator, Ilizarov

Citation Information : Marais LC. Bicondylar tibial plateau fractures treated with fine-wire circular external fixation. 2014; 9 (1):25-32.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-014-0185-z

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Bicondylar tibial plateau fractures are serious injuries to a major weight-bearing joint. These injuries are often associated with severe soft tissue injuries that complicate surgical management. We reviewed 54 consecutive patients who sustained bicondylar tibial plateau fractures that were treated with limited open reduction and cannulated screw fixation combined with fine-wire circular external fixation. Forty-six patients met the inclusion criteria of this retrospective review. Eight patients were excluded because they did not complete a minimum of 1-year follow-up. Thirty-six patients had Schatzker type-VI, and ten patients had Schatzker type-V fractures. All fractures were united without loss of reduction; there were no incidences of wound complications, osteomyelitis or septic arthritis. The average Knee Society Clinical Rating Score was 81.6, translating to good clinical results. Minor pin track infection was the most common complication encountered. This review concludes that fine-wire circular external fixation, combined with limited open reduction and cannulated screw fixation, consistently produces good functional results without serious complications.

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