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Limb lengthening over plate.

Kulkarni R, Singh N, Kulkarni GS, Kulkarni M, Kulkarni S, Kulkarni V - Indian J Orthop (2012)

Bottom Line: The preoperative target length was successfully achieved in all patients at a mean of 4.1 cm (range 1.8-6.5 cm).The mean duration of external fixation was 75.3 days (range 33-116 days) with the mean external fixation index at 19.2 days/cm (range 10.0-38.3 days/cm).Lengthening over plate is also applicable to children with open physis.

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Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, Fracture and Orthopaedic Hospital, Post Graduate Institute of Swasthiyog Pratisthan, Miraj, Maharashtra, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The limb lengthening over plate eliminates the associated risk of infection with limb lengthening over intramedullary nail. We present our experience of limb lengthening in 15 patients with a plate fixed on the proximal segment, followed by corticotomy and application of external fixator.

Materials and methods: 15 patients (7 females, 8 males) were included in this consecutive series. The average age was 18.1 years (range 8-35 years). Fifteen tibiae and one femur were lengthened in 15 patients. Lengthening was achieved at 1 mm/day followed by distal segment fixation with three or four screws on reaching the target length.

Results: The preoperative target length was successfully achieved in all patients at a mean of 4.1 cm (range 1.8-6.5 cm). The mean duration of external fixation was 75.3 days (range 33-116 days) with the mean external fixation index at 19.2 days/cm (range 10.0-38.3 days/cm). One patient suffered deep infection up to the plate, three patients had mild procurvatum deformities, and one patient developed mild tendo achilles contracture.

Conclusion: Lengthening over a plate allows early removal of external fixator and eliminates the risk of creating deep intramedullary infection as with lengthening over nail. Lengthening over plate is also applicable to children with open physis.

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(a) Plate slid extraperiosteally over the medial surface of the bone; (b) proximal locking of the plate done before corticotomy and external fixator application
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Figure 2: (a) Plate slid extraperiosteally over the medial surface of the bone; (b) proximal locking of the plate done before corticotomy and external fixator application

Mentions: On correct positioning, a 2-cm incision was made at the proposed corticotomy site and the plate was slid over the bone extraperiosteally on the medial surface [Figure 2a]. The plate was fixed to the proximal fragment with at least three screws using stab incisions [Figure 2b].


Limb lengthening over plate.

Kulkarni R, Singh N, Kulkarni GS, Kulkarni M, Kulkarni S, Kulkarni V - Indian J Orthop (2012)

(a) Plate slid extraperiosteally over the medial surface of the bone; (b) proximal locking of the plate done before corticotomy and external fixator application
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Figure 2: (a) Plate slid extraperiosteally over the medial surface of the bone; (b) proximal locking of the plate done before corticotomy and external fixator application
Mentions: On correct positioning, a 2-cm incision was made at the proposed corticotomy site and the plate was slid over the bone extraperiosteally on the medial surface [Figure 2a]. The plate was fixed to the proximal fragment with at least three screws using stab incisions [Figure 2b].

Bottom Line: The preoperative target length was successfully achieved in all patients at a mean of 4.1 cm (range 1.8-6.5 cm).The mean duration of external fixation was 75.3 days (range 33-116 days) with the mean external fixation index at 19.2 days/cm (range 10.0-38.3 days/cm).Lengthening over plate is also applicable to children with open physis.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, Fracture and Orthopaedic Hospital, Post Graduate Institute of Swasthiyog Pratisthan, Miraj, Maharashtra, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: The limb lengthening over plate eliminates the associated risk of infection with limb lengthening over intramedullary nail. We present our experience of limb lengthening in 15 patients with a plate fixed on the proximal segment, followed by corticotomy and application of external fixator.

Materials and methods: 15 patients (7 females, 8 males) were included in this consecutive series. The average age was 18.1 years (range 8-35 years). Fifteen tibiae and one femur were lengthened in 15 patients. Lengthening was achieved at 1 mm/day followed by distal segment fixation with three or four screws on reaching the target length.

Results: The preoperative target length was successfully achieved in all patients at a mean of 4.1 cm (range 1.8-6.5 cm). The mean duration of external fixation was 75.3 days (range 33-116 days) with the mean external fixation index at 19.2 days/cm (range 10.0-38.3 days/cm). One patient suffered deep infection up to the plate, three patients had mild procurvatum deformities, and one patient developed mild tendo achilles contracture.

Conclusion: Lengthening over a plate allows early removal of external fixator and eliminates the risk of creating deep intramedullary infection as with lengthening over nail. Lengthening over plate is also applicable to children with open physis.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus