Do additional intramedullary elastic nails improve the results of definitive treatment with external fixation of open tibia fractures? A prospective comparative study

Erturk C., Altay M. A. , Bilge A., Altay N., Isikan U. E.

ORTHOPAEDICS & TRAUMATOLOGY-SURGERY & RESEARCH, vol.99, no.2, pp.208-215, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 99 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.otsr.2012.12.008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.208-215


Purpose: External fixation has been associated with a high incidence of complications and poor outcomes due to the instability and difficulty in treating open tibia fractures. We use intramedullary (IM) elastic nails to supplement the external fixator. We compared the results of fractures treated by external fixation with and without IM-elastic nail.