What monitoring is needed following surgery for tibial plateau fractures?

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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Nonweightbearing precautions generally continue for 12 weeks. Active flexion and passive extension are encouraged for 6 weeks, after which period active knee extension is started. Active knee extension is delayed if ORIF of a tibial tubercle avulsion was required.

A study by Garner et al found that elective removal of implants after ORIF for tibial plateau fracture led to improved clinical outcomes at 12 months. [32]


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