Prophylactic external fixation and extensive bone debridement for chronic osteomyelitis

Lucian Fodor, Yehuda Ullmann, Michael Soudry, Eduard Calif, Alexander Lerner

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There is universal agreement that treatment of osteomyelitis should consist of debridement, obliteration of dead space, tissue coverage and antibiotic therapy, with debridement as the most important factor for therapeutic success. Four patients, 27 to 72 years old, with chronic osteomyelitis after a fracture of the femur (two), or of the tibia (two), were included in this study. The patients had already undergone 5 to 15 (mean: 9) surgical procedures. The same surgical technique was used in all of them: sinuses were carefully excised down to the bone, and necrotic bone was aggressively resected until normal bleeding was seen. A prophylactic circular external fixation frame, built on one proximal and one distal ring connected to the bone by thin wires and half pins, was used to protect and support the limbs, significantly weakened by radical debridement. Bone grafting or distraction osteogenesis was not necessary. All wounds healed without complications, and the infection did not recur. The average follow-up period was 43 months (range: 38 to 54).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-453
Number of pages6
JournalActa Orthopaedica Belgica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Debridement
  • Prophylactic external fixation


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