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Yi-Chen Meng, Xu-Hui Zhou
PURPOSE: Tibial pilon fractures remain challenging for an orthopaedic surgeon to repair. External fixation (ExFix) and open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) are two widely used methods for repairing tibial pilon fractures. However, conclusions of comparative studies regarding which method is superior are controversial. Our aim is to compare ORIF and ExFix and clarify which method is better in terms of reduction and union results and major complications. METHODS: A computerized research of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Springer, and Cochrane Library (before December 2014) for studies of any design comparing ORIF and ExFix was conducted...
October 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Waseem Al Talalwah
PURPOSE: The obturator artery and its accessory (aberrant) arising from different origins and crossing the pubic rami are vascular variations. The internal iliac artery usually provides the obturator artery which may communicates with the external iliac artery through either the accessory obturator or inferior epigastric artery. A collateral circulation between the external and internal iliac system is known as corona mortis. The aim of current study is to provide sufficient data of vascular variability crossing the pubic rami for clinical field...
October 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Karen E Burtt, Alexis D Rounds, Hyuma A Leland, Ram K Alluri, Ketan M Patel, Joseph N Carey
Infections in the traumatized lower extremity are a significant source of morbidity and expense. Outcomes after vascularized soft tissue reconstruction were analyzed to determine impact on infection rates. A retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database was performed, including 114 trauma patients requiring soft tissue reconstruction of lower extremity injuries at an urban Level I tertiary referral center from 2008 to 2015. Patient characteristics and perioperative outcomes were analyzed. After trauma, 39 (34...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Junya Ozawa, Akinori Kaneguchi, Ryo Tanaka, Nobuhiro Kito, Hideki Moriyama
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to clarify the following two points: First, whether a cyclooxygenase-2 mediated pathway is involved in the formation of immobilization-induced joint contracture and, second, the effectiveness of oral administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib (CBX) for the prevention of myogenic and arthrogenic contracture following immobilization in a rat model. METHODS: Thirty male rats were randomly divided into three groups: immobilization (Im), Im + CBX, and control (n = 10 each)...
October 24, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Mohamed M Abou Elatta, Foad Assal, Hussam M Basheer, Mazen Mohamed Ibrahim
Volar fracture dislocation is very uncommon, with few series reported in the literature. Patients with such injuries were treated by modified dynamic external fixators. The mean follow-up was 18 months (range, 6 to 92 mo). The mean range of interphalangeal (proximal interphalangeal) joints and distal interphalangeal joints were 90 and 74 degrees, respectively. The total active range of motion (TAM) was excellent (256 degrees). The mean quick disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand score was 1.2. The advantages of our external fixators are that they are simple, cheap, adjustable, and allow immediate range of motion...
October 21, 2016: Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
Tom Esparon, Callum M Thomson, Paul M Rea, Bilal Jamal
AIM: There is a risk of iatrogenic injury to the soft tissues of the calcaneus and this study assesses the risk of injury to these structures in circular frame calcaneal fracture fixation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After olive tip wires were inserted, an L-shaped incision on the lateral and medial aspects of 5 formalin fixed cadaveric feet was performed to expose the underlying soft tissues. The calcaneus was divided into zones corresponding to high, medium and low risk using a grading system...
October 14, 2016: Injury
P Metais, P Clavert, J Barth, P Boileau, R Broszka, G Nourissat, J Leuzinger, G Walch, L Lafosse
BACKGROUND: The Latarjet-Patte procedure consisting in transfer and screw fixation of the coracoid process to the anterior glenoid is a treatment of reference for anterior shoulder instability. Over time, surgical innovations translated into a number of improvements and, in late 2003, an arthroscopically assisted variant of the procedure was described. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare clinical outcomes of the modified Latarjet-Patte procedure performed by open surgery, arthroscopy with screw fixation, or arthroscopy with endobutton fixation...
October 19, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Stephen Matthew Quinnan
Obtaining optimal results in the treatment of extraarticular distal tibia fractures can be challenging. Plate and screw and intramedullary fixation have proven to be effective treatments, but are associated with significant complication rates when used for open fractures and patient with severe medical comorbidities. External fixation is a third alternative that is less often employed, but provides a very effective means of treatment. Circular external fixation offers great flexibility in obtaining anatomic alignment and stable fixation for even the most challenging distal tibia fractures...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Anne J Spaans, L Paul van Minnen, Assa Braakenburg, Aebele B Mink van der Molen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of joint distraction of the first carpometacarpal (CMC1) joint in patients with CMC1 osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: An external joint distractor was placed over the CMC1 joint by K-wire fixation in the trapezium and the metacarpal. The joint was distracted 3 mm during surgery. The device was then kept in place for 8 weeks. Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score, Michigan Hand Outcome Questionnaire (MHQ), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and grip strength were recorded preoperatively and at set postoperative intervals...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
M M Abou Elatta, F Assal, H M Basheer, A F El Morshidy, S M Elglaind, M A Abdalla
: The aim of this study was to review the outcome of the treatment of finger proximal interphalangeal joint dorsal fracture subluxations and pilon fractures with a modified external fixator. We treated 36 patients (36 fingers). We assessed the ranges of motion and patient satisfaction. At final follow-up, 23 patients had no pain; 11 had pain in the cold; and two also had mild pain. None had moderate or severe pain. The mean range of proximal interphalangeal joint motion was 86° (60°-100°)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
John Arvesen, J Tracy Watson, Heidi Israel
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of a hexapod external fixator (TSF) and its ability to perform six-axis correction in restoring deformities associated with distal tibial nonunions. DESIGN: Consecutive retrospective case review. SETTING: St. Louis University Hospital. Level One Trauma Center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: 37 patients with distal tibial nonunion with greater than 5 degrees of deformity in any plane. Patients were excluded who were less than 18 years of age, had tibial deformities less than 5 degrees, had proximal or middle tibial deformities or had less than one year of follow up...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
John Morellato, Hakim Louati, Andrew Bodrogi, Andrew Stewart, Steven Papp, Allan Liew, Wade Gofton
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: There have been no studies assessing the optimal biomechanical tension of suture button constructs. The purpose of this study was to assess optimal tensioning of suture button fixation and its ability to maintain reduction under loaded conditions using a stress computed tomography (CT) model. METHODS: Ten cadaveric lower limbs disarticulated at the knee were used. The limbs were placed in a modified ankle load frame that allowed for the application of sustained torsional axial, or combined torsional/axial loads...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Eugene T H Ek, Sophia K Paul, Robert N Hotchkiss
BACKGROUND: The role of elbow contracture release in the very young is unclear, with existing studies reporting conflicting results. This study evaluated the long-term results after open elbow contracture release in patients aged younger than 18 years. METHODS: Between 1994 and 2012, 32 patients underwent open elbow contracture release at a mean age of 13.8 years (range, 5-18 years), and their outcomes were reviewed. The primary cause was traumatic in 30 patients (4 radial head/neck fractures, 5 intra-articular distal humeral fractures, 11 extra-articular distal humeral fractures, 10 complex fracture-dislocations), and the mean time from the index injury to contracture release was 16...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Sherif Galal
: Developmental coxa vara (DCV) develops during early childhood between the age of independent walking and 6 years. The deformity includes a decrease in the neck-shaft angle and femoral retroversion. Recently, good results have been reported using external fixator systems for the correction of proximal femoral deformities secondary to slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Perthes' disease in children, and percutaneous proximal femoral osteotomy for coxa vara. This preliminary study was performed to evaluate the results of percutaneous subtrochanteric osteotomy in restoring the normal alignment and orientation (radiographic outcome), thereby restoring the normal mechanics of the hip joint, overcoming shortening of the limb, and re-establishing the length-tension relationship of the abductor muscles (functional outcome)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Chul Hyun Park, Oog Jin Shon, Gi Beom Kim
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, Gustilo Anderson grade IIIb open tibial fractures have been treated by initial wide wound debridement, stabilization of fracture with external fixation, and delayed wound closure. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical and radiological results of staged treatment using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for Gustilo Anderson grade IIIb open tibial fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 15 patients with Gustilo Anderson grade IIIb open tibial fractures, treated using staged protocol by a single surgeon between January 2007 and December 2011 were reviewed in this retrospective study...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Rohan A Ramasubbu, Benjamin M Ramasubbu
BACKGROUND: Management of open tibial fractures is well documented in adults, with existing protocols outlining detailed treatment strategies. No clear guidelines exist for children. Surgical stabilization of tibial fractures in the pediatric population requires implants that do not disrupt the open epiphyses (growth plate). Both elastic stable intramedullary nails and external fixation can be used. The objective of this study was to identify the optimal method of surgical stabilization in the treatment of open tibial fractures in children...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Martin Sack, Stefanie Zehl, Alexander Otti, Claas Lahmann, Peter Henningsen, Johannes Kruse, Markus Stingl
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is controversy on the possible benefits of dual-attention tasks during eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS: A total of 139 consecutive patients (including 85 females) suffering from PTSD were allocated randomly among 3 different treatment conditions: exposure with eyes moving while fixating on the therapist's moving hand (EM), exposure with eyes fixating on the therapist's nonmoving hand (EF), and exposure without explicit visual focus of attention as control condition (EC)...
October 15, 2016: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Alexios Dimitrios Iliadis, Parag Kumar Jaiswal, Jay Meswania, Gordon Blunn, David Goodier, Peter Calder
A mechanical study investigating the use of two different methods (grub and bolt screws) to secure external fixation half pins to circular frames. A four part experiment: (1) Grub and bolt screws were used to secure half pins in Taylor Spatial frames. Loosening torques were measured using a calibrated torque wrench. (2) Using universal testing machine (UTM), axial loading was applied to establish thresholds for loosening in grub and bolt screw constructs. (3) We established the application torque to produce failure at the head-driver interface using these two methods...
October 13, 2016: Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
Augusta Whitney Kluk, Tina Zhang, Joseph P Russell, Hyunchul Kim, Adam H Hsieh, Robert V O'Toole
Orthopedic dogma states that external fixator stiffness is improved by placing 1 pin close to the fracture and 1 as distant as possible ("near-far"). This fixator construct is thought to be less expensive than placing pins a shorter distance apart and using "pin-bar" clamps that attach pins to outriggers. The authors therefore hypothesized that the near-far construct is stiffer and less expensive. They compared mechanical stiffness and costs of near-far and pin-bar constructs commonly used for temporary external fixation of femoral shaft fractures...
October 13, 2016: Orthopedics
Ratika Parkash, Bernard Thibault, Iqwal Mangat, Benoit Coutu, Matthew Bennett, Jeffrey Healey, Atul Verma, Francois Philippon, Roopinder Sandhu, Douglas Cameron, Felix Ayala-Paredes, Laurence Sterns, Vidal Essebag, Teresa Kus, Pablo Nery, Elizabeth Stephenson, Raymond Yee, Derek Exner, Satish Toal, David Birnie, George Wells, Andrew Krahn
BACKGROUND: The Riata lead under advisory has posed a unique clinical scenario where inside-out abrasion results in externalization of conductor cables, with a higher risk of electrical failure. We developed a comprehensive registry to assist with clinical management of this lead. METHODS AND RESULTS: This Canadian registry reports the findings of 3763 (74.2% of all Riata leads in Canada) Riata leads under advisory, with a mean follow-up time of 8.9±1.5 years. The overall electrical failure rate was 5...
October 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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