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Fractures of the Middle Two-Thirds of the Tibial Shaft: RESULTS OF TREATMENT WITHOUT INTERNAL FIXATION IN ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY CONSECUTIVE CASES.

WEISSMAN, S. L.; HEROLD, H. Z.; ENGELBERG, M.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: March 1966
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1. A consecutive series of 200 cases of tibial-shaft fractures was studied on a prospective basis.

2. The same atraumatic method of treatment was used in all cases, and the patients were followed until well after union had occurred.

3. The use of a plaster-of-Paris gaiter in the final stage of healing enabled early rehabilitation and minimized the risk of residual limitation of movement in the neighboring joints.

4. There were only twenty-four (12 per cent) delayed unions and a single case of non-union (0.5 per cent) in this series.

5. Perfect clinical recovery was observed in 90 per cent of the patients.

6. The final roentgenograms showed residual step-off deformity in forty-seven patients (23.5 per cent), but this had no bearing on the functional end results, with the exception of one patient.

7. Closed treatment in its simplest form is a very reliable method for tibial-shaft fractures.

Copyright 1966 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated

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