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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110-115

Management of open tibial fractures type IIIB by segment transfer using limb reconstruction system fixator

Orthopedic Department, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
MD Shady S Elbeshry
74 Raba Eladawaya Investing Buildings, Nasr City, Cairo, 11765
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/eoj.eoj_21_19

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Purpose To evaluate the effectiveness of bone transport using limb reconstruction system (LRS) fixator and early coverage in open-type IIIB tibial fractures with massive bone and soft tissue loss. Patients and methods In this study, eight patients with type IIIB open tibial fractures were managed by initial debridement and fixation by LRS uniplanar external fixator. A second-stage rotational myocutaneous flap coverage and osteotomy for segment transfer was done within 14 days. All patients were followed up till full union. Results Full union was achieved in all patients. A total of five patients needed iliac bone graft at the docking site. Union occurred in an average external fixator index of 45.3 days/cm. No flap coverage infection occurred, and there was no significant limb malalignment. Significant limb shortening occurred only in one patient. Conclusion LRS fixator is an effective definitive method for management of open tibial fractures with massive bone loss and soft tissue defects. It is easy to apply, allows early intervention by plastic surgeons to obtain soft tissue coverage, and also allows early patient rehabilitation and joint mobilization.

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