Corrective lower limb osteotomies in children using temporary external fixation and percutaneous locking plates

Elhanan Bar-On, Tali Becker, Kalman Katz, Steven Velkes, Moshe Salai, Daniel M. Weigl

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Abstract

Background: We describe a new method for corrective osteotomy and the fixation of lower limb deformities in children. Methods: Following osteotomy, the desired position is obtained and temporarily stabilized using an external fixator. Definitive fixation is performed with a plate and locking screws inserted percutaneously under fluoroscopic guidance. The procedure was performed in 18 segments in 11 patients. Corrections were performed in all planes. Results: The mean follow up was 18 months (range 6-36 months). All patients were corrected to within 2° of that which was planned. Union was obtained in 16 segments in ten patients within 6-16 weeks. Conclusions: The method was found to be effective for the correction of deformity in the pediatric population. Advantages compared to conventional methods include minimal soft tissue dissection and the ability to adjust the position before definitive fixation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Children's Orthopaedics
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • External fixation
  • Limb deformity
  • Locking plate
  • Osteotomy

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