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J Hand Surg Am. 1981 Nov;6(6):585-9.

Osteotomy for digital deformity.


Osteotomy may be indicated in digital phalanges to correct angular or rotational deformity resulting from malunited fracture, epiphyseal arrest, or congenital or developmental causes. The use of fine power tools facilitates precise correction. lateral angulation is corrected by closing wedge osteotomy, dorsal angulation by opening wedge and bone graft, rotational deformity by transverse osteotomy, and derotation through the involved phalanx. Smooth Kirschner wires stabilize the osteotomies to permit early joint motion. These procedures can safely be performed in children.

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