Devendra Lakhotia,Gaurav Sharma,Kavin Khatri,G.N. Kiran Kumar,Vijay Sharma,Kamran Farooque.[J].中华创伤杂志英文版,2016,19(1):39-44
Minimally invasive osteosynthesis of distal tibial fractures using anterolateral locking plate: Evaluation of results and complications
KeyWord: Tibial fractures Bone plates Minimally invasive surgical procedures
Author NameAffiliation
Devendra Lakhotia Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
Gaurav Sharma Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
Kavin Khatri Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
G.N. Kiran Kumar Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
Vijay Sharma Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
Kamran Farooque Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS 
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      Purpose: Soft tissue healing is of paramount importance in distal tibial fractures for a successful outcome. There is an increasing trend of using anterolateral plate due to an adequate soft tissue cover on anterolateral distal tibia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results and complications of minimally invasive anterolateral locking plate in distal tibial fractures. Methods: This is a retrospective study of 42 patients with distal tibial fractures treated with minimally invasive anterolateral tibial plating. This study evaluates the bone and soft tissue healing along with emphasis on complications related to bone and soft tissue healing. Results: Full weight bearing was allowed in mean time period of 4.95 months (3-12 months). A major local complication of a wound which required revision surgery was seen in one case. Minor complications were identified in 9 cases which comprised 4 cases of marginal necrosis of the surgical wound, 1 case of superficial infection, 1 case of sensory disturbance over the anterolateral foot, 1 case of muscle hernia and 2 cases of delayed union. Mean distance between the posterolateral and anterolateral incision was 5.7 cm (4.5-8 cm). Conclusion: The minimally invasive distal tibial fixation with anterolateral plating is a safe method of stabilization. Distance between anterolateral and posterolateral incision can be placed less than 7 cm apart depending on fracture pattern with proper surgical timing and technique.
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