Comparison of biodegradable and metallic tension-band fixation for patella fractures. 38 patients followed for 2 years.

@article{Chen1998ComparisonOB,
  title={Comparison of biodegradable and metallic tension-band fixation for patella fractures. 38 patients followed for 2 years.},
  author={Aimin Chen and Chun-lin Hou and Jinfeng Bao and Sheng-jie Guo},
  journal={Acta orthopaedica Scandinavica},
  year={1998},
  volume={69 1},
  pages={39-42}
}
We compared the outcome of patella fractures fixed by biodegradable tension-band (B) with self-reinforced polyglycolide or self-reinforced poly-L-lactide plugs and polyester ligaments or by metallic tension-band (M) with Kirschner wires and metallic cerclage wire in a randomized study. 38 fractures (18 with B and 20 with M) were treated. The follow-up time was 24 (14-32) months. The fractures healed in all patients after a medium of 8 weeks. In the B group, the clinical outcome was good in 13… CONTINUE READING
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