1 Principles topenlarge
Tension band principle
A tension band converts tensile force into compression force at the opposite cortex.
This is achieved by applying a device eccentrically, on the convex side of a curved bone.
The peroneal nerve runs around the fibular neck. So be careful with the reduction and clamp placement.
Because of the presence of the common peroneal nerve in the immediate neighborhood the choice of tension band wiring in these cases is a dangerous one.
If the fragment appears to be too small for screw fixation or if it is comminuted, tension band wiring is indicated.
2 Reduction topenlarge
After direct exposure of ligaments and the avulsed fibular head, reduction may be achieved with the use of a small clamp that is placed on the fibula and the bone fragment. Protect the peroneal nerve which runs below the tendon of biceps femoris and then winds around the fibular neck from back to front in contact with bone.
3 Fixation topenlarge
Tension band wiring
If the fragment appears to be too small for screw fixation, K-wire fixation is possible in a proximal lateral to distal medial direction. In this case tension band wiring is required to fix the fracture under compression and prevent re-displacement.
Identify the common peroneal nerve and retract it carefully.
After insertion of the K-wires a drill hole is created in the proximal fibular shaft 1.5 cm distal to the fracture. A figure-of-eight cerclage is applied.
After tightening of the cerclage wire both K-wires and the cerclage are shortened.