Temporary external fixator
Indication summary: Damage control
Intraarticular fractures should be anatomically reduced when this is possible.
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 patients, temporary external fixation may be useful.
- Associated vascular injury
- Existing prosthesis/implant conflicting with pin tracks
- Minimally invasive
- Rapid procedure
- Potential knee stiffness
- Fixator pins may compromise sterility, future incisions, or definitive fixation
|Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills|
|Some specialized surgical experience|
|Highly experienced and skilled surgeon|
|Basic equipment only|
|Simple surgical and imaging resources|
|Full specialized surgical and imaging resources|