Nailing of the tibial shaft with 2 Prevot nails is the gold standard for tibial shaft fractures in children. This technical report aims to show a simple way to stabilize pediatric distal tibial fractures without changing of the operation method.Methods:
A retrospective chart review of all distal tibial fractures treated with the modified elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) method during a 6-year period was conducted. The modified ESIN technique hardly differs from the classic method, other than the addition of 2 other Prevot nails inserted using the same entry point.Results:
Eight children were treated with the modified ESIN. The mean operation duration was 57 minutes (range, 33 to 88 min). In all cases 2 to 4 mm titanium nails were used. None of our patients required a postoperative cast.Results:
Within an average of 14.5 days all of the patients could fully bear their weight (2 to 30 d) and full range of motion was reached.Conclusions:
The modified ESIN technique achieves good results regarding stability and early weight-bearing. Therefore, this technique could be applied in unstable distal tibial fractures. Nevertheless, a prospective and biomechanical study is needed to verify our experience.Level of Evidence:
Level IV—therapeutic studies.