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SCFE prophilactic screw fixing

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Julia V Woelfle, Christian R Fraitzl, Heiko Reichel, Manfred Nelitz
Prophylactic contralateral fixation in unilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) remains a controversial issue. In this study, 66 patients treated for unilateral SCFE (July 1997-April 2009) were screened for complications with need for surgical reintervention in the asymptomatic contralateral hip. Except for one patient, prophylactic fixation was performed in all cases. Major complications such as avascular necrosis were not seen; minor complications such as wound revision occurred in 4.6% (three of 65)...
May 2012: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
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