Minimally invasive plate internal fixation for calcaneal fractures

Shu-lan Shan, Jun-ling Xu, Shu-zhang Yao, Guo-sheng Yu, Yu-qin Liu
Chinese Journal of Traumatology 2010 October 1, 13 (5): 313-5

OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical efficacy of minimally invasive plate internal fixation for the treatment of calcaneal fractures.

METHODS: Manual reduction, rectification of deformity, and cold compress with traditional Chinese medicine were used preoperatively to relieve swelling and pain. A small incision was made to expose the articular facet and to perform anatomic reduction and plate fixation. Self-made traditional Chinese pharmaceutics were applied postoperatively on the surface of the wound to accelerate bony union.

RESULTS: All the 40 patients were followed up for at least 1 year postoperatively. According to the Maryland scoring system, the excellent and good rate was 87.5%.

CONCLUSION: Minimally invasive plate internal fixation has the advantages of relatively mild injury, reliable fixation, good recovery, and rare complications in the treatment of intraarticular fractures.

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