The clamshell osteotomy: a new technique to correct complex diaphyseal malunions.

@article{Russell2009TheCO,
  title={The clamshell osteotomy: a new technique to correct complex diaphyseal malunions.},
  author={George V. Russell and Matt L. Graves and Michael Thomas Archdeacon and David P. Barei and Glenn A Brien and Scott E. Porter},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={2009},
  volume={91 2},
  pages={
          314-24
        }
}
BACKGROUND The treatment of complex diaphyseal malunions is challenging, requiring extensive preoperative planning and precise operative technique. We have developed a simpler method to treat some of these deformities. METHODS Ten patients with complex diaphyseal malunions (including four femoral and six tibial malunions) underwent a clamshell osteotomy. The indications for surgery included pain at adjacent joints and deformity. After surgical exposure, the malunited segment was transected… CONTINUE READING