Journal article

Absorbable and non-absorbable suture fixation results in similar outcomes for tibial eminence fractures in children and adolescents.

Stefan Brunner, Patrick Vavken, Robert Kilger, Julia Vavken, Erich Rutz, Reinald Brunner, Carlo Camathias

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2016


PURPOSE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of extraphyseal tibial eminence avulsion fracture repair with absorbable sutures and a distal bone bridge fixation in comparison to previously described technique with non-absorbable sutures and distal screw fixation. METHODS: In a physeal-sparing technique, tibial eminence fractures (n = 25; McKeever type II/III n = 11/14) were either treated in group A (n = 15, follow-up 28.1 months) using an absorbable suture fixed over a bone bridge or in group B (n = 10, follow-up 47.4 months) with a non-absorbable suture wrapped around an extraarticular tibial screw. IKDC and Lysholm scores were assessed, and the difference between the surgical and contralateral..

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