Salvage technique for treatment of periplafond tibial fractures: the modified fibula-pro-tibia procedure.
We describe a technique of fixation for treatment of distal tibia periplafond fractures and nonunions that uses a modification of the principle of the fibula-pro-tibia procedure (fusing the tibia and fibula together to create a one-bone lower leg). The fibula is plated, and the screws are brought across to the medial tibial cortex. The procedure is accomplished with or without a tibial buttress plate and always includes iliac crest bone grafting of the nonunion site and synostosis. We have used this technique in five patients with satisfaction.
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