We treated 49 patients with high energy injuries of the limbs between 1.1.94-31.12.97. They had sustained 61 fractures, 50 of which were open; 14 had bilateral injuries, and 3 had lost a limb. All fractures were stabilized on arrival with an A-O tubular external fixator. Soft tissue loss was covered by a combination of split skin graft and tissue flaps following repeated surgical debridement. After 10 days, or when all soft tissue defects were covered, the cantilever external fixation frame was exchanged for a hybrid ring which provided three-dimensional stability and allowed early full weight bearing and joint mobilization. The hybrid ring frame did not interfere with the care of soft tissue injuries. Furthermore, it kept the risk of developing deep infections to a bare minimum. At follow-up after a median of 20 months, 1 patient had developed osteomyelitis but all had returned to independent function.
|Pages (from-to)||283-286, 343|
|State||Published - 15 Feb 2000|