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Augmented Fixation in Transverse Midshaft Humerus Fractures Using a Nitinol Staple: Surgical Technique and Case Series.

Maintaining the reduction of a transverse humeral shaft fracture can be particularly challenging while applying a compression plate for definitive fixation. Nitinol compression staples are being increasingly utilized in orthopedic surgery due to their unique ability to apply continuous compression between staple legs at body temperature. We have found them to be particularly useful in the maintenance of the reduction of transverse humeral shaft fractures before compression plate application. This simple technique allows for the removal of reduction clamps and precise plate placement. We describe our technique for using nitinol compression staples to augment fracture fixation in transverse humeral shaft fractures as well as our experience using this technique in a case series of 4 patients.

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