External fixation techniques, employed in the management of long bone fractures in elderly patients, allow to achieve realignment and synthesis, with the least surgical trauma, combined with early recovery of the joint motion. The Mono-Tube system provides stabilization and 'biocompression' of the fracture by means of dynamization (which applies axial load transmission) associated with prevention of callus collapse (obtained with an adjustable spring). Between 1991 and 1993, 16 diaphyseal fractures in elderly patients were treated with Mono-Tube systems. The fracture site was the humerus in 5 cases, the femur in 4, the tibia in 7. Good results obtained in this series allow to consider this system very useful to obtain healing, good compliance and preservation of a complete joint motion in the management of long bone fractures in elderly patients.
|Translated title of the contribution||Management of long bone fractures in elderly patients with the Mono-Tube external fixator|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
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