Compression-distraction devices have a good stability and can exert an external correction on the bone fragments at any phase of the treatment of the long bone fractures. In the management of humeral or femoral fractures these methods often require the use of some special ('non standard') techniques in order to avoid the risk of vascular or nervous damages, obtain the stable reduction and fixation of the fragments and increase the patient's compliance. From 1986 to 1992, 173 fractures of the long bones were treated by compression-distraction systems. Humeral fractures were 18, femoral fractures 38 and tibial fractures 117. Good results confirm that these systems, with or without the use of 'non standard' techniques, are very helpful in the management of fractures.
|Translated title of the contribution||Indications of the compression-distraction methods in the management of fractures|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
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