Effect of limited and standard reaming on cortical bone blood flow and early strength of union following segmental fracture.

OBJECTIVE To quantitatively determine the extent to which limited and standard intramedullary reaming disrupts cortical circulation and to evaluate the effect on the biomechanical properties of the united fracture. DESIGN Midshaft tibial osteotomies to create a 2.5-centimeter segment of diaphyseal bone were performed in ten adult dogs. Before insertion of… (More)