Journal article

Differences between Two Methods to Stabilize Supramalleolar Osteotomies in Children-A Retrospective Case Series.

Thomas Schlemmer, Reinald Brunner, Bernhard Speth, Johannes Mayr, Erich Rutz

Children (Basel) | MDPI AG | Published : 2021


Supramalleolar osteotomy (SMO) in pediatric patients can be fixed in various ways. We analyzed the records of 77 pediatric patients (124 SMOs) aged ≤16 years. In 56 patients (96 SMOs), K-wires were used to stabilize SMOs (WF group), while 21 patients (28 SMOs) were treated with locking compression plates (LCPs; PF group). We recorded time to radiographic consolidation, rate of complications, length of hospital stay (LOS), and time to implant removal. Mean time to radiographic consolidation of SMOs was 7.2 weeks in the WF group and 11.1 weeks in the PF group. Complication rate in the WF group was 10.7%. LOS was similar in the two groups (7.0 days in the WF group vs. 7.3 days in the PF group)...

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