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Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol. 2012 May 28;4(1):18. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-4-18.

Arthroscopic-assisted removal of proximal tibia locking plates.

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  • 1Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, 23538 Luebeck, Germany.


We present a new technique to remove plates from the proximal tibia arthroscopic-assisted with all advantages of the minimally invasive surgery and the possibility to treat concomitant intraarticular pathologies. The initial results (nā€‰=ā€‰7) are promising with an increase of the Lysholm score in all cases studied [preop. median 78 (range 32-100), postop. median 89 (range 60-100)]. In conclusion, arthroscopic-assisted hardware removal at the proximal tibia is feasible and may provide patients with all the benefits of minimal-invasive hardware removal. The described technique can be recommended for all surgeons familiar with arthroscopic surgery.

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