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Orthopedic Technologies and Techniques

Fibular Fracture Stabilization With a Guidewire as Supplementary Fixation in Tibia Fractures

We present a novel technique of intramedullary fixation of the fibula using a humeral guide wire as an adjunct to tibial fixation, in the setting of tibial shaft fracture. Not only does this technique aid in determining length, alignment, and rotation of the tibial fracture, but it may also help the support of the lower extremity as whole by stabilizing the lateral column. In addition, this technique can be used to help maintain reduction of the fibula when there is concern for the soft tissues of the lower extremity secondary to swelling or injury. Our clinical case series demonstrates this safe, effective, and cost-sensitive technique to be used in the treatment of select concurrent fractures of the tibia and fibula.

Am J Orthop. 2012;41(11):506-509.

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