Successful limb salvage using the two-staged technique with internal fixation after osteodistraction in an effort to treat large segmental bone defects in the lower extremity
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 06/20/2012
Koettstorfer J et al. – The authors observed a reduced incidence of axial deviation and refracture in patients with large segmental bone defects who underwent an additional internal stabilization after fixation with an external frame. The two–stage technique caused no increase in infectious complications and might therefore be a preferable approach for successful limb salvage in patients suffering from large segmental bone defects exceeding 8 cm with insufficient bone formation during external fixation.