A supracondylar fracture occurred in a 48-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis and a total knee arthroplasty. The Rush pin technique required minimal surgical exposure and caused little disruption of surrounding soft tissue and blood supply. Soft tissues preserved inherent stability, allowing early range of motion and partial weight-bearing. Follow-up evaluation seven years later demonstrated maintenance of alignment and no loss of range of motion.
Medical Research Department, Methodist Hospital of Indiana. Inc., and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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* Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
** Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.
Received: March 10, 1984.