Ya'ish F.,Sunderland Royal Hospital Sunderland
Hand surgery : an international journal devoted to hand and upper limb surgery and related research : journal of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand | Year: 2011
Prophylactic plating of donor site in osteocutaneous radial forearm free flaps have demonstrated improvement in fracture rates. Previous series used conventional plating systems which rely on plate-bone friction forces to generate stability and can result in iatrogenic fractures if not accurately contoured. Locking plates have superior stability and do not require contouring. This retrospective series reports our experience using locking plate fixation augmented with calcium phosphate mineral cement. Twenty patients' records were reviewed; 13 were alive and reviewed clinically. Mean radiological follow-up was 28.2 months. Two deceased patients had donor site fractures diagnosed on the first postoperative radiograph. These fractures were related to technical fixation errors and failure to apply correct locking fixation principles. None of the other patients with proper locking fixation had fractures or metalwork related complications. We believe that locking fixation augmented with mineral cement can provide more biological stability and enhance restoration of bone structural strength.