Arthroscopic-assisted removal of proximal tibia locking plates
1 Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, 23538 Luebeck, Germany
2 Department of Trauma Surgery and Sportsmedicine, BG-Traumahospital Hamburg, 21033, Hamburg, Germany
3 Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, Diakoniekrankenhaus Friederikenstift gGmbH, Humboldtstraße 5, 30169, Hannover, Germany
Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 2012, 4:18 doi:10.1186/1758-2555-4-18Published: 28 May 2012
We present a new technique to remove plates from the proximal tibia arthroscopic-assisted with all advantages of the minimally invasive surgery and the possibility to treat concomitant intraarticular pathologies. The initial results (n = 7) are promising with an increase of the Lysholm score in all cases studied [preop. median 78 (range 32–100), postop. median 89 (range 60–100)]. In conclusion, arthroscopic-assisted hardware removal at the proximal tibia is feasible and may provide patients with all the benefits of minimal-invasive hardware removal. The described technique can be recommended for all surgeons familiar with arthroscopic surgery.