TITANIUM ELASTIC STABLE INTRAMEDULLARY NAILING FOR MIDCLAVICULAR FRACTURES IN HIGH DEMAND INDIVIDUALS: INDICATIONS, TECHNICAL PITFALLS AND EARLY RESULTS

Ambrish Verma, Rakesh Thakkar, Mohd Sameer Qureshi

Abstract


This prospective consecutive case series was done to evaluate indications, technical pitfalls and functional outcome of elastic stable intramedullary nailing of displaced midclavicular fractures in 34 high demand individuals. Constant score and radiographs were evaluated after 1 and 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months in 34 patients. Mean age was 28 years. The average follow-up was 12 months. Mean operation time was 42 minutes. Open reduction through an additional small incision was necessary for 7 fractures. Mean hospital stay was 1.2 days. Secondary fracture displacement was observed in 1 patient. The Constant score averaged 81 after 1 week, 96 after 6 weeks and 98 after 6 months. Compared to the contralateral side, average shortening of the clavicle was 1.7 mm. Overall, elastic stable intramedullary nailing provided good restoration of the length of the clavicle and allowed immediate active mobilisation with early return to normal activity. Functional results were excellent.


Keywords


clavicle fractures ; intramedullary nailing.

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