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A Mini External Fixator for Hand and Finger Fractures Constructed From Readily Available Materials

Walter, Frank L. MD; Papandrea, Rick F. MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 4 - p 215–218
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e318217615f
Techniques

Phalangeal and metacarpal fractures with severe comminution and/or soft tissue compromise can present a challenge for the orthopedic surgeon. Maintaining viability of the soft tissues while providing rigid fixation of bony injuries is the goal when treating these injuries. Commercially available mini external fixators can help to achieve these goals. However, these devices are costly and are not always available when the surgeon needs them. In this technique study, we discuss the implementation of a mini external fixator using readily available implements in the operating room that is efficient, cost effective, and easy to apply.

Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Rick F. Papandrea, MD, 1111 Delafield Street 120, Waukesha, WI 53188. e-mail: rick@papandrea.net.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors report no conficts of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.