Dynamization of external fixator is single stage definitive procedure for open fractures both bone leg

Ajeet Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Rajni Ranjan, Avijit Mahajan


Background: Open fracture both bone leg is a common fracture present in orthopaedic causality. Treatment consists of I. V. antibiotics, debridement and external fixator. Judicious selection of the patients on basis of Gustilio and Anderson classification leads to external fixator as a definitive and single stage procedure with dynamization. It reduces the risk of infection at time of definitive procedure and number of hospital stay and surgery.

Methods: In school of medical sciences and research, We treated 68 patients with open both bone fracture (Gustilio and Anderson type 2 and 3b) with debridement and external fixator. All patients underwent dynamization depending upon fracture pattern. Majority of our cases were road traffic accident involving male. Average duration of union was 22 to 26 weeks. There was no need for any major plastic surgery procedure. Removal of external fixator and Patellar tendon brace (PTB) was given for the period of 4 to 6 weeks at the time of clinical and radiological union.

Results: Eighty eight percent of our cases united well. This reduces the burden of secondary definitive procedure, infection and cost of treatment. So careful selection of the patients and dynamization of external fixator hold the place for definitive surgical option for open both bone fractures.

Conclusions: External fixator is simple effective surgical procedure for open fractures both bone leg. Staged dynamization of external fixator add in the better union with functional outcome and cost effective. 


Open fracture, External fixator, Dynamization, Debridement, PTB

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