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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2001 Aug;(389):196-205.

Treating forearm fractures using an internal fixator: a prospective study.

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British Hospital, Montevideo, Uruguay.


Some major complications of internal fixation with plates, such as infections and disturbance of healing, have been shown to be related to necrosis of bone and to the soft tissues immediately deep to the plate. This is attributable to plate contact. To deal with this phenomenon, an internal fixator, the Point Contact Fixator, was developed according to a new concept. The Point Contact Fixator resembles a plate but functions like a fixator, that is, the fracture is stabilized using a splint fixed to the bone by monocortical, angularly locked screws that are designed not to exert pressure between the splint and the bone, thereby minimizing implant-to-bone contact. Vascular damage to the osseous blood supply consequently is avoided. The new internal fixator is the first of a new family of implants in addition to nails, plates, and external fixators. To study the potential of the Point Contact Fixator in a prospective study, 79 forearm fractures in 55 patients were treated in a consecutive series by one surgeon using the same technique throughout. Followup to union is reported for 100% of the patients. Handling the fixator was simple; healing was uneventful; and the rate of complication was low.

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