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Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e318217615f
Techniques

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

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

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Abstract

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.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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