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Guided growth by a stainless-steel tubular plate

Lin, Tung-Yi; Kao, Hsuan-Kai; Li, Wei-Chun; Yang, Wen-E; Chang, Chia-Hsieh

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: July 2013 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 306–310
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32835bc42d

Guided growth using titanium tension band plates is an advancement in the correction of angular deformity. We applied two-hole stainless-steel one-third tubular plates for the same purpose. There were 14 deformities around the knees in eight children, mean age 10.8 years at operation. The success rate was 92.9% (13/14). The average correction rate per month was 0.59° in the femur and 0.65° in the tibia. No premature physeal arrest, overcorrection, or rebound phenomenon was observed. A stainless-steel plate is a safe and effective option for guided growth surgery in countries where only stainless-steel plates are available.

Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Correspondence to Chia-Hsieh Chang, MD, Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 5 Fu-Hsing Street, Kweishan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan Tel: +886 3 3281200 x2423; fax: +886 3 3289582; e-mail:

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