Status:Enrolling by invitation
Keywords:Tibia Fractures , Medial Fractures , Posterior Malleolar Fractures
Sub Specialty:Orthopaedic Trauma
Currently, the treatment of choice for tibial fracture is intramedullary nailing. This procedure has been shown to have low rates of infection, high rates of bone healing, and a faster return to weight bearing and activity in comparison to conservative treatment. In concurrent fractures of the posterior or medial malleolus and the tibia, it is now common to identify, reduce, and fix the malleolar fracture prior to intramedullary nailing of the tibia. In this retrospective study, our aim is to establish that reducing malleolar fractures prior to tibial nailing is a safe treatment in which the reduction of the malleolus is maintained intraoperatively, postoperatively, and remains reduced until the fracture has healed.
Principle Investigator: Erik Kubiak
Principle Department: Orthopedic Surgery
All patients, 18+ years of age, that have been treated at the University of Utah over the past five years for tibial fracture combined with medial or posterior malleloar fracture.