Minimally invasive surgical techniques for irreducible supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children

Seung Woo Suh, Chang Wug Oh, Viraj U. Shingade, M. Keny Swapnil, Byung Chul Park, Seok Hyun Lee, Hae Ryong Song

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Abstract

Background: Treatment of severely displaced supracondylar fracture of the humerus in children remains a challenge. We retrospectively assessed the outcomes of the minimally invasive open reduction techniques used in our institutions for the treatment of grade 3 supracondylar fractures in children which could not be reduced by closed manipulation. Patients and methods: 78 children (58 boys) with severely displaced supracondylar fractures of the humerus and severe swelling were treated with either a minimal incision in the anticubital fossa and manipulation of the distal fragment with the thumb, or a small stab incision and manipulation of the fracture fragment with a small-sized suction tip. The fractures were stabilized with 1.6-mm Kirschner wires. Results and interpretation: The outcome after a follow-up of at least 3 years was excellent in 76 cases and poor in 2 cases. No scar contractures or other complications were observed. These techniques seem safe and effective in the treatment of irreducible grade 3 supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)862-866
Number of pages5
JournalActa Orthopaedica
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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