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Injury. 2006 Jun;37(6):475-84. Epub 2005 Aug 22.

Complications after tibia plateau fracture surgery.

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First Department of Orthopaedics, Athens University Medical School, 4 Christovassili Street, Neo Psychikon, Athens, Greece.


High-energy tibial plateau fractures are often the result of blunt trauma and are associated with severe soft-tissue injury. Fixation techniques demand considerable surgical skill and mature judgment. The available surgical options do not always guarantee a favourable outcome. Operative treatment includes internal and external fixation, hybrid fixation and arthroscopically assisted techniques. Operative management of high-energy fractures remains difficult and challenging and may be associated with serious complications, such as knee stiffness, ankylosis, deep infection, post-traumatic arthritis, malunion and nonunion. Prevention of the complications can optimise the clinical outcome in these patients.

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