Tips, Quips, and Pearls| Volume 56, ISSUE 5, P1087-1090, September 2017

An Alternative Strategy for Treatment of Distal Tibiofibular Syndesmotic Disruption: A Technical Note


      Metal screws are the most widely used in treating syndesmotic injuries; however, failure and the rigidity of the screws can threaten the success of the treatment and increase the cost of care. We performed open reduction and internal fixation of a fibula fracture followed by fixation of the tibiofibular joint with an olive wire and one half of an external fixator. We present a review of 1 patient treated with this material. We believe this method to be a physiologic fixation system with the advantage of being safe, inexpensive, adjustable, and effective; however, further clinical investigation and comparison to other methods is needed in order to better understand it clinical utility.


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