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Pilon Fracture Temporary External Fixation 20690


Distal tibia Pilon fracture xrayPilon fracture lateral view xrayPilon fracture external fixation xrayPilon fracture CT scan

CPT Coding Technique
Indications Complications
Contraindications Follow-up Care / Rehab Protocol
Alternatives Outcomes
Pre-op Planning / Case Card Review References

synonyms: external fixation, pilon fracture External Fixation, tibial plafond fracture

Pilon Fracture External Fixation CPT 

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Indications

  • distal tibial Pilon fracture

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Contraindications

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Alternatives

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Pre-op Planning

Pilon Fracture Temporay External Fixation Technique

  • Transmetatarsal pinning from medial to lateral should be avoided due to risk of dorsalis pedis artery injury (Barrett MO, JBJS 2008;90A:560)
  • Place two 5mm half-pins into anterior tibia
  • Place transfixing pin through calcaneous
  • Build Delta Frame
  • Pull traction under fluoroscopic control, tighten frame
  • AO ASIF Delta Frame Technique
  • Adjustable Large Fixator Technique

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Complications

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Follow-up care

  • Post-op:
  • 7-10 Days:
  • 6 Weeks:
  • 3 Months:
  • 6 Months:
  • 1Yr:

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Outcomes

Pilon Fracture External Fixation Review References

  • Rockwood and Greens
  • Patterson MJ, Cole JD. Two-staged delayed open reduction and internal fixation of severe pilon fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 1999 Feb;13(2):85-91.
  • Sirkin M, Sanders R, DiPasquale T, Herscovici D Jr. A staged protocol for soft tissue management in the treatment of complex pilon fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 1999 Feb;13(2):78-84


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