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dc.contributor.authorŞen, Cengiz
dc.contributor.authorDemirel, Mehmet
dc.contributor.authorSağlam, Yavuz
dc.contributor.authorBalcı, Halil
dc.contributor.authorEralp, Levent
dc.description.abstractBackground: The bone transporttechniquehasbeenawell-knownmethodinthetreatment ofosteomyelitis of the long bones with large segmental bone defects. However, one of the major drawbacks with this traditional technique is the long-lasting consolidation period, which may entail infectious and noninfectious complications. To overcome this drawback, several techniques were developed, one of which is acute shortening and re-lengthening. The aims of this study were: 1) to present our experience with a new modified technique of acute shortening and re-lengthening using a monolateral external fixator combined with a retrograde intramedullary nail, and 2) to compare its results with the classic Ilizarov bone transport method in the management of infected non-unions of the distal femur with bone loss. Methods: This retrospective study compared these two techniques. 17 patients were treated using our modified technique of acute shortening and re-lengthening (Group A); 15 patients were treated using segmental bone transport(GroupB). The averagefollow-up was 66months (range:24–180)in GroupAand 70months (range: 24–240)in GroupB. The meanbone loss was 5.5 cm(range: 3–10)in GroupAand 5.9 cm (range: 3–10) in Group B. The primary outcome of the present study was to compare the external fixator time (EFT) and external fixation index (EFI) between the two groups. The bone and functional status were also assessed. Results:ThemeanEFIwas lower in GroupA(mean:31.8days/cm; range:24–50)thanin GroupB(mean48.7 days/cm; range: 40–100) (p = 0.02). The mean EFT was shorter in Group A (mean: 120 days; range: 100– 150) than in Group B (mean: 290 days; range: 100–400) (p = 0.0003). With respect to the bone and functional results, no difference was observed. Conclusions: Although both techniques could be employed safely in the treatment ofinfected non-union of the distal femur with size defects ranging between 3 cm and 10 cm, our modified technique of acute shortening and re-lengthening may confer greater patient satisfaction because of shorter EFIen_US
dc.publisherElsevier B.V.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectAcute Shorteningen_US
dc.subjectBone Transporten_US
dc.subjectInfected Non-Unions of the Femuren_US
dc.subjectBone Defecten_US
dc.titleAcute shortening versus bone transport for the treatment of infected femur non-unions with bone defectsen_US
dc.relation.journalInjury International Journal of the Care of the Injureden_US
dc.contributor.departmentTıp Fakültesien_US
dc.relation.publicationcategoryMakale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanıen_US

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