Bridge plate fixation of the elbow

Graham J.W. King, George S. Athwal, Gregory Bain

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Abstract

The management of complex fractures, dislocations, and fracture-dislocations of the elbow can be challenging. External fixation of the elbow, either static or dynamic, has been used as an adjunctive treatment to stabilize the elbow while allowing the ligaments and fractures to heal. Unfortunately, the complication rate of external fixation has been high.
The authors have used a bridge plate to stabilize the elbow in the setting of persistent instability, particularly in older, cognitively impaired, and/or obese patients where the risk of pin tract infections and subsequent medullary canal contamination is high.
We have used the Masquelet technique to reconstruct osseous defects and then immobilized the joint with the bridging plate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurgical Techniques for Trauma and Sports Related Injuries of the Elbow
EditorsGregory Bain, Denise Eygendaal, Roger P. van Riet
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Chapter46
Pages347-352
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783662589311
ISBN (Print)9783662589304
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • external fixation
  • bridge plate
  • Masquelet technique

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    King, G. J. W., Athwal, G. S., & Bain, G. (2020). Bridge plate fixation of the elbow. In G. Bain, D. Eygendaal, & R. P. van Riet (Eds.), Surgical Techniques for Trauma and Sports Related Injuries of the Elbow (pp. 347-352). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-58931-1_46