Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, here.
Nonunion of distal tibia metaphyseal fractures after trauma is a major problem. Treating these nonunions is made more challenging by the presence of symptomatic ipsilateral tibiotalar arthrosis. The current study examined the use of the 90 degrees cannulated blade plate as an alternative method of stable internal fixation for 13 distal tibia metaphyseal nonunions and simultaneous fusion of three arthritic tibiotalar joints in 13 patients (seven males and six females) with an average age of 42.4 years (range, 21-73 years). Each patient had an average of three prior procedures (range, 2-6). Patients were followed up for an average of 34.2 months (range, 24-55 months). All 13 patients achieved radiographic and clinical union an average of 15.6 weeks (range, 12-20 weeks) from the date of the definitive procedure. There were two broken screws, but no secondary procedures were required to obtain fusion. All patients were ambulatory without support at the last followup. The implant proved effective for stable internal fixation of distal tibia metaphyseal nonunions alone or with simultaneous fusion of the tibiotalar joint.
About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology exposure. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and info. tech meet – and is uniquely educated at the intersection of these three professions. He has experience as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences & Admissions Committee Member at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Visiting Spine Surgeon & Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomedical Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details
- Department of Orthopaedics, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org