14 September 2023 : Clinical Research
[In Press] Improved Outcomes in Distal Tibial Non-Union: A Retrospective Study of 8 Patients Treated with Distal Tibial Nail and Screw FixationCelil Alemdar 1ABCDEFG, Sait Anıl Ulus 2ABCDEF, Ramazan Atiç 2ABCDEG, Sebahattin Demir 3ABCEG, İlknur Topal 4ABCEF, Şafak Sayar 5ABCEF
Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.942207
Available online: 2023-09-14, In Press, Corrected Proof
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Non-union of distal tibia fractures is a challenge in orthopedic surgery and can be due to open fractures, osteopenia, infection, or failure of surgical devices. This retrospective study aimed to describe 8 patients with non-union of distal tibial fractures treated with distal tibial nail and screw fixation.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
According to the Gustilo-Anderson classification, 3 patients had type 2 open fractures, 1 had a type 3 open fracture, 1 had a type 1 open fracture, and 3 had closed fractures. The Association of Osteosynthesis AO classified 4 patients as A2, 2 as B2, and 2 as C2. Seven patients received distal supporting bolt-locking-screw nails (DSBLS) and 1 received DSBLS nail and plate in their most recent operation. Clinical outcomes were evaluated with American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and Olerud-Molander scores.
All 8 patients were male, with a mean age of 35.5±14.6 years. Six patients had atrophic non-union, 1 had hypertrophic non-union, and 1 had infected non-union. Union was achieved in all patients. The average union time was 25.1 (range, 12-60) months, and the follow-up duration was 3.6 (range, 2-6) years. The mean Olerud-Molander score was 92.5 (range 85-100), and the mean AOFAS score was 91.2 (range, 85-100). There was no evidence of rotational deformity or shortening.
Distal tibial non-unions benefit from nails with DSBLS system due to their excellent biomechanical properties. These nails facilitate union and allow patients to bear weight early in the postoperative period, enabling a quicker return to normal activities.
Keywords: Pseudarthrosis; Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary; Tibia
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