Distal femur Complete articular fracture, multifragmentary articular

Provisional treatment; temporary long leg splint

Temporary long leg splint

Indication summary: Displaced fracture, medically unfit patient

Skill: Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Equipment: Basic equipment only

In occasional cases, a period of temporary splintage may be necessary before the patient’s general condition, or the local status of the soft-tissues, will permit safe surgery.

Shortening or significant angulation are risks with splints.

Indication

  • Patient in extremis

Contraindications

  • Safe definitive fixation possible
  • Severe local soft-tissue injury or pathology

Advantages

  • Easy to apply
  • Quick and safe procedure

Disadvantages

  • Pressure sores
  • Potential knee stiffness
  • Risk of shortening

Legend

*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

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