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03 August 2016 : Clinical Research  

Two-Tension-Band Technique in Revision Surgery for Fixation Failure of Patellar Fractures

Zichao XueABCDEF, Hui QinBCDE, Haoliang DingBCD, Haitao XuBC, Zhiquan AnA

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.899753

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:2736-2741

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Failed patellar fracture fixation is rare, and is usually attributed to technical errors. There are no specific details available on how to address this problem. We present our two-tension-band technique for fixing patellar fractures.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between March 2010 and March 2013, 4 men and 2 women with failed fixation patellar fractures were treated in our department. Their average age was 34 years (range 23–49 years). The initial fracture type was C1 in 3, C2 in 1, and C3 in 2, according to the AO classification. The initial fracture patterns included 3 transverse and 3 comminuted fractures. There were no open fractures. All patients underwent internal fixation with a modified anterior tension band (MATB) supplemented with cerclage wiring. All failures were caused by tension bands sliding past the tip of the Kirschner wires. The mean time between the primary and revision operations was 16.2 months (range 2–63 months). We revised the fractures by two-separate-tension-band technique.

RESULTS: The mean follow-up was 52 months (range 31–67 months). All patients healed radiographically without complications at an average of 14.7 weeks (range 8–20 weeks). The Bostman knee score was excellent in 3 and good in 3. All patients regained full extension and the mean range of flexion was 147.5° (135–155°).

CONCLUSIONS: Use of this two-tension-band technique can avoid technical errors and provide more secure fixation. We recommend it for both primary and revision surgery of patellar fractures.

Keywords: Fracture Fixation, Patella, Reoperation

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