Management of large segmental tibial defects using a cylindrical mesh cage

Naftaly Attias, Ronald W. Lindsey

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We report a case series of three patients who sustained open Gustilo-Anderson Type IIIB tibia fractures associated with extensive segmental bone and soft tissue loss. The patients initially were treated with serial wound irrigations, débridements, and external fixation. After the soft tissue envelope was reconstructed successfully, each large segmental bone defect was reconstructed with a cylindrical titanium mesh cage packed with a composite of cancellous allograft and demineralized bone matrix putty and stabilized with a statically locked intramedullary nail. The mean segmental bone loss was 12.2 cm, and all patients had a minimum 1-year followup. One year after reconstruction, radiographs showed stable, well-aligned, healed constructs, and computed tomography images verified the presence of bony ingrowth throughout the cages. All patients were able to ambulate with full weightbearing, and had good ipsilateral knee, hip, and ankle range of motion. This technique seems to be a reasonable alternative for treating large segmental tibial bone defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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