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Upper Extremity​​

New-Generation Femoral Neck Fixation for the Treatment of a Nondisplaced Femoral Neck Fracture in an Elderly Patient

Eben A. Carroll, MD

Femoral neck fractures are challenging fractures to treat.  In the elderly with nondisplaced or stable valgus-impacted fracture patterns, success hinges on a construct's ability to maintain reduction. New-generation femoral neck fixation constructs may decrease failure rates by providing increased mechanical stability.  This case explores the use of a new-generation femoral neck fixation construct to stabilize a femoral neck fracture in an elderly patient.


Publication support provided by DePuy Synthes

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of a Distal Radius Fracture With a Volar Locking Plate: A Case Report

John Wyrick, MD​

Fracture of the distal radius is the most common fracture of the upper extremity and one of the most common fractures treated by orthopedists. With th​e population continuing to age, the annual incidence of more than 600,000 is expected to increase as well. ​Over the past 10 years, a more aggressive treatment approach has been adopted by the orthopaedic community with a 2-fold increase in the number of patients treated with surgery from 1998 to 2008. This includes an even larger increase in the number of fractures treated with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) with volar locking plates. Publication support provided by Stryker Trauma & Extremities​

Precontoured Plate Fixation With Interfragmentary Lag Screw Use in a Middle Third Clavicle Fracture Fixation

Alireza Naderipour, MD and Michael D. McKee, MD, FRCS(C)

Middle third clavicle fractures are common injuries that need surgical fixation in a certain subset of patients. The use of precontoured clavicle plates facilitates intraoperative fixation
and can reduce soft tissue irritation and hardware removal rates.We report a 46-year-old patient with a mid-shaft right clavicle fracture who was treated with this technique, which resulted in an excellent clinical outcome.  Publication support provided by Stryker Trauma & Extremities

Talus Fracture Fixation With Headless Screws From a Posterior to Anterior Direction—A Case Report

Ravi Arvind Karia, MD and Animesh Agarwal, MD

Open reduction with internal fixation is the standard for most displaced talar neck fractures. The posterior to anterior screw direction allows for more perpendicular screw placement that has shown biomechanical advantages. This report demonstrates the use of headless compression screws for fixation of a displaced talus fracture after open reduction. Publication support provided by Acumed

Lauren M. Shapiro, MD and Robin N. Kamal, MD

Open reduction and internal fixation is the mainstay of treatment for most unstable, intra-articular distal radius fractures. Anatomical reduction and maintenance of the reduction can be challenging in the setting of injuries with multiple fracture
fragments and complex intra-articular fracture patterns. The aim of this report is to illustrate the use of the fragment-specific technique for intra-articular distal radius fracture fixation. Publication support provided by Acumed.

Michael Krantzow, DO

Carbon fiber–reinforced PEEK composite materials have recently begun to be used more widely in orthopaedic trauma surgery. Metallic implants for fracture fixation have been the most common method of fracture fixation, but not necessarily the best implant choice. In the current case series, the author demonstrates the utilization of carbon fiber–reinforced PEEK implants and its many benefits over metallic implants. Publication support provided by CarboFix & Invibio Biomaterial SolutionsTM.

Lower Extremity

Lateral Malleolus Fixation With a Fibular Rod

Darryl A. Auston, MD, PhD

In the surgical treatment of fibula fractures, some patient populations may benefit from less invasive approaches and indirect reduction associated with fibular rods. The aim of this report is to demonstrate successful treatment of an unstable ankle injury in a geriatric patient with insulin-dependent diabetes using a fibular rod. Publication support provided by Acumed.

Krystin A. Hidden, MD, Marissa D. Jamieson, MD, and Adam T. Groth, MD

Comminuted medial malleolus fractures can be technically challenging injuries given the limited surface area of the small osseous fragment, and multiple fixation techniques have been described. The locking peg hook plate provides a reliable fixation option for medial malleolus fractures. The purpose of this case report is to discuss the use of a locking peg hook plate for a comminuted fracture of the medial malleolus. Publication support provided by Acumed.  

Brigham Au, MD

The treatment of unstable ankle fractures is a common problem for orthopedic surgeons. Anatomically contoured distal fibula plates offer the biomechanical advantage of polyaxial locked fixation with a lower profile than previous implants to mitigate concerns with wound complications.  This case demonstrates the use of a contoured distal fibula small fragment locking plate in the treatment of an unstable bimalleolar ankle fracture. Publication support provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Fixation of Intertrochanteric Fractures of the Hip With a Carbon Fiber Intramedullary Implant

Fractures in the intertrochanteric region are among the most commonly treated operative orthopaedic injuries. Implant selection has gradually trended away from compression hip screws toward cephalomedullary nails. Carbon fiber–reinforced polyaryletheretherketone (PEEK) has been introduced as an alternative material in the construction of intramedullary nails and plates. The authors describe the use of a carbon fiber cephalomedullary nail to treat an intertrochanteric fracture, leading to uncomplicated fracture healing. Publication support provided by CarboFix & Invibio Biomaterial SolutionsTM

Erik Lund, MD and Hassan Mir, MD, MBA, FACS

Intraarticular distal tibia (pilon) fractures occur with limited frequency, but can present substantial morbidity to patients and clinical challenges to the treating orthopaedic surgeon. With the advent of modern surgical techniques and implants, open reduction and internal fixation is now the standard of care. This case demonstrates a pilon injury treated with a staged protocol. Fixation included low profile small fragment distal tibial and fibular plates with variable angle locking screws. This construct limited the dissection necessary to achieve the goals of anatomical joint reconstruction and rigid fixation, allowing for early motion. Publication support provided by Smith & Nephew

John D. Wyrick, MD

Several techniques are available in the treatment of large segmental bone defects. Bone transport is a very reliable method of reconstruction but is usually performed with the use of an external fixator, which can have significant drawbacks. This article describes a new method of bone transport using a magnetic internal lengthening nail combined with a plate to reconstruct a segmental bone defect in a distal femur. Sponsorship provided by NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc.

Unique Applications of Carbon Fiber–Reinforced Polyetheretherketone Nails in Tibia and Ankle Injuries

Gil R. Ortega, MD, MPH and Cody Pehrson, MD

Tibial shaft and distal tibial pilon fractures can be a clinical and surgical challenge for the orthopedic surgeon and the recovering patient. Despite advances in nonsurgical and surgical techniques, fracture fixation alternatives, and adjuncts to healing, tibial shaft, and distal tibia nonunions continue to occur. Another challenge in our athletic population is the treatment of tibial stress fractures. This article reviews the unique use of CFR-PEEK implants in a collegiate athlete with bilateral, symptomatic tibial shaft stress fractures that failed conservative management, and a patient who suffered an initial, open tibial shaft, and pilon fracture who was surgically treated initially, which then became a nonunion. Publication support provided by CarboFix Orthopedics & Invibio Biomaterial Solutions.

Use of Carbon Fiber–Reinforced PEEK for Treatment of Femur Fractures: A Small Step for Implants, a Large Step in Fracture Care​

Bruce H. Ziran, MD, FACS and Robert Harris, MD​

Composite carbon fiber–reinforced PEEK implants have now become cost-effective to use in fracture surgery. Since the use of metallic implants has dominated fracture treatment, there are sparse reports in the North American market regarding the efficacy of composite carbon fiber PEEK implants. The authors present a case report from their many applications to demonstrate the utility of such implants. Sponsorship provided by CarboFix Orthopedics​ & Invibio Biomaterial Solutions™​​​​

Fragment-Specific Fixation of Proximal Tibia Fractures: Case Report and Surgical Technique

Yelena Bogdan, MD and Paul Tornetta III, MD

Proximal tibia and plateau fractures are challenging cases with a high rate of soft-tissue complications. Although precontoured locking plates provide excellent results, they are not always ideally suited for fixation of additional or small fragments, and their prominence can lead to irritation and wound problems. This article illustrates the use of small-fragment plates in the fixation of a complex proximal tibia fracture. Sponsorship provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc​​

Atif Ahmed, MD, DMD and Edward Westrick, MD​

Fractures of the talus continue to be a challenging problem for the orthopaedic trauma surgeon. There are many attributes of the local anatomy and nature of the injury, which make this a complex situation. The authors present a case of a displaced Hawkins III talar neck fracture with a concomitant distal tibia fracture localized to the medial malleolus and articular surface.  This example demonstrates mini-fragment fixation to maintain reduction and lead to a favorable result in the setting of this potentially devastating and life-altering injury. Sponsorship provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc ​

Ipsilateral Ankle, Talus, and Calcaneus Fracture Dislocation: A Case Report

Erik Lund, MD and Hassan Mir, MD, MBA, FACS

Foot and ankle injuries can present with multiple fractures after high-energy trauma. The goal for complex combined injuries remains anatomic restoration of articular surfaces and overall alignment. Operative fixation may require a variety of plate and screw sizes for an optimal construct. This report demonstrates a case of a combined injury involving fractures of the ankle, talus, and calcaneus, where an assortment of mini-fragment implants were used. Sponsorship provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc           

John A. Scolaro, MD, MA

The concurrent use of plates and intramedullary nails has been described in the treatment of both acute and nonunited long bone fractures. This technique aids in the maintenance of reduction during nailing and if left in place, the plates can also serve to provide adjunctive fixation after nail placement. Read this case which demonstrates the use of mini-fragment plates and revision intramedullary nailing to successfully treat a complex segmental femoral malunion/nonunion. Sponsorship provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc. 


Fragment-Specific Pilon Fracture Fixation Using Mini Fragment Plates

Richard A. Lindtner, MD, PhD and Reza Firoozabadi, MD, MA

Surgical stabilization of pilon fractures is challenging and technically demanding. Anatomic reduction of the articular surface is often difficult to obtain and maintain. The objective of this article is to illustrate the successful use of mini fragment plates for fragment-specific pilon fracture fixation. Sponsorship provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc. 

High-Energy Pilon Fractures in the Elderly: A Case Report Highlighting Treatment Options and Strategies​

Michael T. Archdeacon, MD, MSE​

High-energy pilon fractures are complex injuries for which treatment recommendations have changed substantially over the past 4 decades.The appropriate treatment for a high-energy pilon fracture in an elderly patient has not been clearly established.  This report presents an open, complex intra-articular pilon fracture in an elderly patient who ultimately underwent uncomplicated ORIF and subsequent uneventful healing. Publication Support Provided by Stryker Trauma & Extremities​

Suprapatellar Nailing

​This video is narrated and features a surgical procedure completed by Dr. Joshua Langford at Orlando Regional Medical Center demonstrating the suprapatellar technique for tibial nail insertion using an insertion sleeve as part of the T2 Tibia Suprapatellar Instrument System.The demonstration includes patient positioning and incision as well as sleeve insertion and fixation into the tibia plateau, reaming and nail insertion.The video includes pre-nail and post-nail x-ray images demonstrating entry point, fracture reduction and final nail positioning. Publication support provided by Stryker Trauma and Extremities​

Daniel N. Segina MD and Ryan M. Wilson PA-C, MPAS

​The case demonstrates the utility of the suprapatellar nailing technique in the semi-extended position, particularly with the avoidance of vascular graft disturbance and prevention of malalignment. Publication Support Provided by Stryker Trauma & Extremities​.

Ginger Bryant MD

Treatment of tibial plateau fractures that involve the medial condyle can be challenging. The surgeon must determine if adequate fixation can be obtained, and more importantly maintained, from the commonly-used “lateral only” plate construct. This case presents a patient who sustained a medial tibial condyle fracture with lateral diaphyseal extension. Medial condyle reduction was obtained and the condylar fracture and the diaphyseal fracture extension were both treated with a medial locking plate only. Publication support provided by Stryker Trauma and Extremities​

A Missed Ipsilateral Femoral Neck Fracture in a Young Patient with a Femoral Shaft Fracture

Anthony V. Florschutz, MD, PhD,* Derek J. Donegan, MD,† George Haidukewych, MD et al.

Ipsilateral femoral neck-shaft fractures are uncommon but significant injuries that can present a diagnostic difficulty with respect to recognition of femoral neck component. Treating surgeons need to be attentive to the potential associated femoral neck fracture when managing femoral shaft fractures and consider its possibility even in the postoperative period. This case report describes a young male who was initially managed for an isolated femoral shaft fracture after a high-energy injury and was postoperatively diagnosed and treated for an ipsilateral femoral neck fracture. Publication support by Biomet, Inc.

Evaluation and Management of an Unstable Intertrochanteric Fracture of the Femur

Harish Kempegowda, MS; Akhil Tawari, MS; Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS; Daniel S. Horwitz, MD

Unstable intertrochanteric fracture of the femur is one of the most commonly encountered orthopaedic injuries in the United States. A 63-year-old female sustained a highly unstable intertrochanteric fracture of the femur (OTA 31-A 3.3) and she was treated with a long cephalomedullary nail. Four months later, a solid union occurred at the fracture site with minimal limb length discrepancy and the patient regained her pre-operative functional status. This case report highlights the important points which must be considered in the treatment of an unstable intertrochanteric fracture with emphasis on preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management and post-operative protocol for a good outcome. Publication support provided by Biomet, Inc. 

Fixator-Assisted Femoral Lengthening Following Intramedullary Exchange Nailing for Subtrochanteric Non-union

Frank A. Liporace, MD and Richard S. Yoon, MD

Non-unions in the femur can be a severely debilitating condition.  Here, we present a 36 year-old male who presented three years following a motor vehicle accident, complaining of severe left thigh pain and a short left lower extremity. Publication support provided by Biomet, Inc.

Intramedullary Nailing of Sequential Bilateral Atypical Subtrochanteric Fractures and the Management of Distal Femoral Intraoperative Fracture: Contemporary Issues on a Case Report

Theodoros H. Tosounidis, MD,  Kalliopi Lampropoulou-Adamidou, MD, Nikolaos K. Kanakaris, MD, 

Long antegrade cephalomedullary nailing is the standard of surgical care of atypical subtrochanteric fractures of the femur. This case discusses the management of sequential bilateral atypical subtrochanteric fractures in an elderly female patient and the technical issues pertaining to nailing of such fractures. Publication support provided by Biomet, Inc. 

Femoral Bone Transport With a Combined Method Using a PRECICE Nail and Cable Lengthening Technique

Stephen M. Quinnan, MD and Max Seiter, MD

Treatment of segmental bone loss in the femur can be very challenging.  This report presents a case of an open distal femur fracture with a 13-cm segmental bone defect, treated with a unique and previously undescribed use of an internal lengthening nail in conjunction with a cable bone transport. Sponsorship provided by NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. 

Ravi Arvind Karia, MD

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the use of a mini-fragment fixation construct in the treatment of a comminuted distal tibial plafond fracture. Internal fixation of displaced intra-articular distal tibia fractures remains the standard of care. Mini-fragment plating allows for more screw trajectory options and the ability to achieve multiplanar fixation with less bulk than with precontoured plating. Publication support provided by Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Pelvis Extremity

Isolated Anterior Intrapelvic Approach for Operative Reduction and Fixation of an Anterior Column Acetabulum Fracture With Superior Impaction

Matthew R. Garner, MD and H. Claude Sagi, MD​

Displaced fractures of the acetabulum in an aging population present unique challenges for the treating surgeon. Traditional extensile exposures and reduction techniques may be ill advised because of patient-related factors. This report presents operative reduction and fixation performed through an isolated anterior intrapelvic approach in an elderly patient with a displaced anterior column acetabulum fracture with superior dome impaction. Publication Support Provided by Stryker Trauma & Extremities​