External Fixators in the Treatment of Tibial Plateau Fractures

  • V. Manakavala Perumal
  • Cyril Mauffrey
  • Craig S. Roberts


Despite advances in locked plating, internal fixation of high-energy tibial plateau fractures is associated with a high complication rate [1]. External fixation of tibial plateau fractures, used either temporarily or definitively, is a practical and powerful technique which can limit the risk of catastrophic complications (e.g., deep infection and osteomyelitis) associated with plating of tibial plateau fractures. This chapter will focus on indications, biomechanics, montages, techniques, and complications of temporary external fixators (knee joint spanning) and definitive external fixators (knee joint sparring) for tibial plateau fractures.


External Fixation Proximal Tibia Tibial Plateau Fracture Proximal Tibial Fracture Schatzker Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Manakavala Perumal
    • 1
  • Cyril Mauffrey
    • 2
  • Craig S. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.NagercoilIndia
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsUniversity Hospital LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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