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Transosseous fixation of intercondylar fracture of lower end humerus by tension band wiring technique

Rakesh Dubey, Vaibhav Sadigale, Jainilkumar Parmar.


Background: Intercondylar fractures of lower end of humerus is a challenge for orthopedic surgeon to fix rigidly for early mobilization. We hereby have devised a novel technique of fixing an intercondylar fracture of lower end of humerus by transosseous route utilizing the Tension band wiring. We successfully obtained a rigid, stable reconstruct without affecting the anatomy of the region.

Aims & Objective: To study the effect of transosseous fixation of intercondylar fracture of lower end humerus by tension band wiring technique.

Materials and Methods: We have followed a novel technique for treating intercondylar fracture of lower end of humerus. Till date we have treated 10 patients of supracondylar fracture of humerus with intercondylar extension. All patients were selected randomly the only criteria was a supracondylar fracture of lower end of humerus with intercondylar extension. This method gave us four cortices fixation in the lower intercondylar region which was not possible till date by other methods of fixation. So now T-Y elbow type of fracture is converted into a supracondylar fracture. Rest fixation of supracondylar fracture was done with perpendicular plating and k wire TBW in case of osteoporotic bones.

Results: Out of 10 treated cases with this method all get rigid fixation and radiological union at average of 8 weeks. Average ROM was 5-100. One case had postoperative stitch infection, one had k wire impinging on skin and two patients lost follow up after 3 months.

Conclusion: Complicated fractures of intercondylar region of distal humerus can be successfully managed by interosseous TBW technique. We recommend such technique and further research regarding it.

Key words: Intercondylar Fracture; Intra-Articular; Tension Band Wiring; Compression; Novel Technique

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