Distal femur Partial articular fracture, lateral condyle, sagittal simple

Open reduction internal fixation (ORIF); cannulated lag screws with buttress plate

ORIF - cannulated lag screws with buttress plate

Indication summary: Large fragment, high demand patient

Skill: Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
Equipment: Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

If the fracture is displaced, open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) techniques are necessary.

Beyond 24-48 hours after injury, the fracture hematoma begins to organize. After 48 hours it may well be easier to perform an open approach as it may be impossible to maintain an anatomical reduction by closed means.

Displaced fractures should be fixed with lag screws, which may be cannulated. In poor bone stock, or more vertical fracture planes a buttress plate is added to enhance stability.

Indication

  • All displaced lateral sagittal split fractures

Contraindication

  • Patient not medically fit for surgery

Advantages

  • Direct articular surface reduction
  • Early mobilization of the knee joint
  • Lower incidence of osteoarthritis

Disadvantage

  • Risk of knee joint 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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