Role of external fixation in the management of distal tibia injuries: The "convertible" frame

Massimo Morandi, Massimiliano De Paolis, Rahul Vaidya, Craig D. Silverton

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Tibia pilon fractures, fracture-dislocation of the tibiotalar joint, or severely unstable ankle fractures can be readily reduced and stabilized with the urgent application of a simple unilateral external fixator with a two medial bar frame and a foot connection. This frame design can be maintained as a temporary, first stage procedure, a sort of portable form of calcaneal traction in the management of challenging injuries such as pilon fractures. It can also be converted to a full circular frame, implementing thin wires and the half-pins already installed; or it can remain as a "neutralizing implant" in cases of delayed open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). In other situations, it can act as a temporary method and portable form of calcaneal traction, until the soft tissue injuries have improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


  • Distal tibia
  • External fixation
  • Pilon fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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