The obstacles of prolonged healing time and technically demanding osteotomy and plate fixation in the performance of ulnar shortening osteotomies have been overcome by a precision system that includes a 45° osteotomy and 2.7 mm interfragmentary lag screw. In 23 transverse osteotomies healing time averaged 21 weeks with one nonunion. In 17 precision oblique osteotomies healing time averaged a substantially shorter 11 weeks. Biomechanical data obtained from cadaveric testing comparing these two constructs demonstrated a structural stiffness that was clearly greater in torsion testing for the oblique osteotomy. No biomechanical difference was identified in the anteroposterior and lateral bending tests. The system permits the reliable performance of two parallel osteotomy cuts, allowing the removal of a precise amount of bone. The compression device and specialized plate permit easy coaptation of the osteotomy surfaces, which are locked into position by a precise 22° interfragmentary lag screw. The surgical procedure is more quickly completed, and the frustration of this previously challenging procedure is now completely removed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine