How does treatment selection for tibial plateau fractures vary by age?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Srinivasa Vidyadhara, MBBS, DNB, MS(Orth), DNB(Orth), FNB(SpineSurg), MNAMS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Unicondylar and bicondylar plateau fractures in young patients with good bone stock and only a few well-defined articular fragments do well with modern reduction and internal fixation techniques. For osteopenic elderly persons with a bicondylar plateau fracture or for patients who are unable to cope with adequate pin care, a functional brace, possibly followed by a total knee arthroplasty, may be preferable. [22]


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