Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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A novel technique of tibial tuberosity fracture fixation with two knotless suture anchors in an adult: A case report and literature review

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Vincent’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

AOTT 2022; 56: 416-420
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2022.22102
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Tibial tuberosity fractures are uncommon in adults. Surgery for these types of fractures is performed similarly to that of tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures in adolescents. The most commonly introduced method is to fix the displaced bone fragments using screws or wires and, if necessary, use tension band wiring for augmentation. However, if the bone fragments are too small or severely comminuted, it may be challenging to fix them using the conventional method. In this study, we introduced a fixation method using two knotless suture anchors that could be attempted in such cases. Since this surgical method fixes the bone fragments without direct damage to the bone fragments, it can be used even when the fragments are small or comminuted. This technique achieved a nearly full active range of knee motion without an extension lag at four weeks postoperatively. In addition, there were no complications related to surgery, and a complete bone union was achieved without additional dislocation. Therefore, this surgical method may be a good alternative if a fixation of the fracture is considered problematic by the conventional method.

Cite this article as: Choi Y, Park D. A novel technique of tibial tuberosity fracture fixation with two knotless suture anchors in an adult: a case report and literature review. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc., 2022;56(6):416-420.

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