Corrective supracondylar humeral osteotomies using the small AO external fixator

John E. Handelsman, Jacob Weinberg, Jonathan C. Hersch
2006 Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B  
Traditional methods of correcting malunited distal humeral fractures in children involve complex wedge osteotomies held with pins or internal fixation devices. These require a large exposure and challenging fixation. We elected to perform simple transverse osteotomies, without wedges, using a lateral incision. These were maintained by the small AO external fixator. Between 1987 and 2004, five children with malunited distal humeral fractures were treated. Angular and rotational correction was
more » ... l correction was obtained in each case. Bony union occurred at an average of 8 weeks. A simple osteotomy held by the small AO external fixator provides accurate correction, precise adjustability, and solid stability.
doi:10.1097/01.bpb.0000194440.75378.97 pmid:16601588 fatcat:ibd4ivsnxrggrg3krgpn4ljoam