Distal Femur Extraarticular fracture, avulsion

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 nonoperative treatment may be necessary before the patient’s general condition, or the local status of the soft-tissues, will permit safe surgery. In these circumstances, a period of temporary splintage can be used.

Indication

  • Temporarily unfit for surgery

Contraindication

  • Severe obesity

Advantages

  • Inexpensive
  • Quick, noninvasive procedure

Disadvantages

  • Skin break down
  • Loosening of the splint
  • Knee stiffness

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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