Arthroscopic Correction of a Supracondylar Malunion in a Child

Steven M. Koehler, Sara Sakamoto, Brenon L. Abernathie, Michael R. Hausman

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Malunions are a well-recognized complication of pediatric supracondylar humeral fractures. Results of corrective osteotomies vary, and complication rates have been reported to be as high as 40%. Considering the high rate of complications for malunion correction, we investigated the feasibility of arthroscopy. We present a technique for arthroscopic supracondylar osteotomy and percutaneous pinning. There are many advantages of an arthroscopic approach to malunion correction, including extension-type deformity correction, safe access to the anterior humerus, and minimal dissection and scarring; any intracapsular contracture can be addressed as well. Elbow arthroscopy appears to be a viable option in the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon's armamentarium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e215-e221
JournalArthroscopy Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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