Open tibial fractures treated by anterior half-pin frame fixation

P. H. Steinfield, N. J. Cobelli, A. H. Sadler, M. N. Szporn

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Forty-two open tibial fractures were treated with anterior half-pin frame fixation, weight bearing as tolerated, and early reconstruction of the soft tissue envelope. Thirty fractures were followed to completion of therapy. The infection rate was 7.1%, nonunion rate, 3.0%, and pin tract infection rate, 0.5%. Problems of malunion (23.3%) and of secondary fractures around lag screws (17.6%) may be reduced by early cancellous bone grafting and limited use of minimal internal fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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