Use of external fixation as an adjunct in the reduction and fixation of displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures: A review and surgical technique


Journal Article

The treatment of displaced, intra-articular calcaneus fractures is controversial. Complications are associated with both closed and open treatment methods. Various forms of external fixation have been used, including a definitive means of fixation and temporary postoperative means of preventing collapse as a supplement to internal fixation. We propose the adjunctive, intraoperative use of external fixation to manipulate the calcaneal tuberosity allowing for reduction and assisting in percutaneous or limited internal fixation of these fractures to decrease the complications associated with more invasive open reduction and internal fixation techniques, while still achieving anatomic reduction and stable fixation. © 2013 by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schweitzer, KM; Adams, SB

Published Date

  • September 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 113 - 117

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-1943

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1536-0644

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31829f9f54

Citation Source

  • Scopus