Technical TrickPercutaneous Clamping of Spiral and Oblique Fractures of the Tibial Shaft A Safe and Effective Reduction Aid During Intramedullary NailingCollinge, Cory A. MD*; Beltran, Michael J. MD†; Dollahite, Henry A. MD‡; Huber, Florian G. MD§Author Information *Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Fort Worth, TX; †Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX; ‡University of Tennessee Family Practice Residency, Jackson, TN; and §Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, MD. Reprints: Cory A. Collinge, MD, Orthopedic Trauma, THR Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, 800 5th Avenue, Suite 500, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (e-mail: [email protected]). C. A. Collinge receives royalties for intramedullary nailing products from Biomet Orthopedics, Parsippany, NJ and is a consultant for Smith & Nephew, Memphis, TN. The remaining authors report no conflict of interest. Accepted October 30, 2014 Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: June 2015 - Volume 29 - Issue 6 - p e208-e212 doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000256 Buy Metrics Abstract Summary: The reduction of tibial shaft fractures during intramedullary nailing is important if limb alignment is to be restored and successful clinical outcomes are expected. We have used a percutaneously applied (or open) clamp or clamps to achieve and maintain reduction during nailing of all amendable tibial shaft fractures. In this article, we describe the technique and preliminary results comparing closed, simple spiral and oblique tibial shaft fractures (OTA 42-A1 and A2) managed with percutaneous clamp-assisted nailing (CAN) versus nailing using manual reduction (MRN) held by the surgical team. In the MRN group, there were an increased fracture gap (P = 0.04) and trends toward malalignment (P = 0.07) and healing time (P = 0.06) compared with the CAN group. There were also trends in clinical; no wound complications occurred in either group. We have found that percutaneous CAN of closed, simple spiral and oblique tibial shaft fractures seems safe and allows for early predictable union with reproducible alignment compared with nailing using MRN. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.