A comparison of double-plate fixation methods for complex distal humerus fractures

James Self, Steven F. Viegas, William L. Buford, Rita Patterson

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Abstract

A modified method of fracture fixation of complex distal humeral fractures with medial and lateral plates and bolts was biomechanically tested and compared with previously described fixation techniques. Compressive stiffness coefficients were determined for three classes of fixation before and after fatigue cycling. This procedure was followed with compressive loading to failure. The results show that in the most unstable fracture type tested this new fixation method provides increased strength and stability. Early clinical follow-up examinations of patients treated with this technique show that this method is a reasonable fixation alternative for the complex distal humerus intercondylar fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

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