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INTRODUCTION Care pathways for elderly hip fracture patients are increasingly implemented but there has been only limited evaluation of their use. Our objective was to investigate the impact of such a care pathway on the use of healthcare resources and on patients' outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS The prospective survey covered 493 hip fracture patients 65(More)
Fractures of the distal end of the radius should be treated on the same principles as other fractures involving joints. Displaced articular fractures require open reduction to allow anatomical reconstruction of both the radiocarpal and the radio-ulnar joints. For extra-articular fractures with severe comminution and shortening this enables the radial length(More)
PURPOSE To determine the amount and distribution of forces transmitted across the human radioulnocarpal joint under physiologic conditions in vivo. We performed an in vitro validation of a specifically developed capacitive pressure-sensor device and an in vivo measurement of force transmission and pressure distribution at the radioulnocarpal joint in a(More)
Three different plating techniques were used on experimentally produced dorsally displaced distal radius fractures in cadavers and were tested in 4-point bending: a AO 3.5-mm T plate (group 1), two 2. 0-mm titanium plates 60 degrees to each other (group 2), and the AO pi plate (group 3). A metaphyseal defect was simulated by a dorsally open wedge osteotomy.(More)
New advances in the biomechanics and pathomechanics of distal radius fractures as well as new generations of plates and improved surgical approaches now make possible the stable management and early functional rehabilitation not only of simple but also of complicated distal radius fractures according to the principles for articular and juxta-articular(More)
Stable fixation of fractures of the distal radius can be achieved by using two 2.0 mm titanium plates placed on the radial and intermediate columns angled 50 degrees to 70 degrees apart. We describe our results with this method in a prospective series of 74 fractures (58 severely comminuted) in 73 consecutive patients. Early postoperative mobilisation was(More)
BACKGROUND With an ever-increasing elderly population, orthopaedic surgeons are faced with treating a high number of fragility fractures. Biomechanical tests have demonstrated the potential role of osteoporosis in the increased risk of fracture fixation complications, yet this has not been sufficiently proven in clinical practice. Based on this knowledge,(More)
As the population ages, the number of fragility fractures is expected to increase dramatically. These injuries are frequently associated with less than satisfactory outcomes. Many of the patients experience adverse events or death, and few regain their pre-injury functional status. Many also lose their independence as a result of their fracture. This(More)
With the introduction of Locking Compression Plates (LCP), Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO) has become widely used. The plates act as internal fixators in a bridging manner, thus resulting in secondary bone healing. We retrospectively evaluated the healing pattern and the clinical evolution of diaphyseal and distal tibial shaft fractures over(More)
In the present study the variation of the localisation and the course of the coronal suture (CS) was examined on the lateral skull X-ray. The study shows a variation of the localisation and course of the CS from the average position within +/- 4 mm in 65-77% and extreme differences between minimum and maximum values between 16 and 21 mm. The CS has also a(More)