Clamshell Osteotomy for Acute Fractures in the Malunion Setting: A Technical Note

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Abstract

Summary:

Surgical management of lower extremity malunions and acute fractures in the setting of lower extremity deformities presents a unique challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. The objective of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of using the clamshell osteotomy in patients with acute fractures involving a malunion or deformity. A retrospective review of the cases performed by various orthopaedic traumatologists at 4 different trauma centers was performed to identify cases using the clamshell osteotomy from January 2012 to January 2016. Nine clamshell osteotomy cases were identified, 4 presenting fractures in the setting of previous malunions. All osteotomies healed within 15 months (average 6.8 ± 4.4 SD). In this multicenter case series, we demonstrate that using clamshell osteotomies can result in excellent outcomes for permitting intramedullary nailing of acute fractures in patients with lower extremity deformity.

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