The Cylindrical Titanium Mesh Cage for Treatment of a Long Bone Segmental Defect: Description of a New Technique and Report of Two Cases


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Abstract

Summary:This report describes a new technique for treatment of a segmental defect in long bones that uses a cylindrical titanium mesh cage, in combination with cancellous bone allograft and demineralized bone matrix putty (Grafton), stabilized with a statically locked intramedullary nail. Two clinical cases of tibia defects treated with this technique are presented. At the one-year follow-up, radiographically both cases demonstrated excellent limb alignment, stability, and bony healing. Immediate full weight-bearing was initiated in each case, and early limb functional recovery was achieved. Preliminary data suggest that this technique may be a reasonable alternative to currently used methods for management of select long bone segmental defects.

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