During external tibia fixation, the tibia is relocated. This surgery is completed by putting metal pins through the skin and connecting them to a frame outside of the body.
Also Known As:
- Tibia surgery
- Broken leg surgery
Conditions Treated with External Tibia Fixation:
External tibia fixation is utilized to treat patients suffering from a tibial fracture or from tibial fracture nonunion or malunion.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to external tibia fixation.
Anesthesia with External Tibia Fixation:
External tibia fixation is typically performed with regional anesthesia. Sometimes, general anesthesia is used, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from External Tibia Fixation:
Possible risks of external tibia fixation include infection, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients experience swelling and pain following the surgery. Additional potential complications include nonunion, malunion and a discrepancy in the length of the legs.
Prognosis after External Tibia Fixation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following external tibia fixation is good.