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The Suzuki Frame for Complex Intra-articular Fractures of the Proximal Interphalangeal Joint of the Fingers

Keramidas, Evangelos MD, EBOPRAS; Solomos, Markos MRCS; Page, Robert E. FRCS; Miller, Gavin FRCS (Plast) Eng

doi: 10.1097/
Original Article

In 1994, Suzuki et al proposed the pins-and-rubbers traction system, a new dynamic distraction technique for difficult complex intra-articular fractures of the digits of the hand. From February 1999 to April 2003, we used the Suzuki frame for 15 complex fractures of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the fingers. The mean follow-up period was 18 months. Four patients missed their follow-up. In the remaining 11 patients, the mean active range of motion achieved following treatment was 84° in the proximal interphalangeal joint finger injuries.

The pins-and-rubbers Suzuki traction frame was used to treat 15 complex PIP joint fractures. Mean active PIP joint ROM at 18 months was 84 degrees.

From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

Received April 1, 2006, and accepted for publication, after revision, July 27, 2006.

Reprints: Evangelos Keramidas, MD, EBOPRAS, 3 Cheviot Court, Luxborough Str, London, W1U 5BH UK. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.