Functional outcome after blade plate reconstruction of distal tibia metaphyseal nonunions

Lori K. Reed, Matthew A. Mormino

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Objectives: To present the functional outcome of a cohort of 11 patients prospectively followed before and after blade plate reconstruction of a distal tibia metaphyseal nonunion. Design: Prospective case series. Setting: University hospital tertiary referral center. Patients: Eleven patients with an average age of 48 years. Average duration of nonunion was 11 months. Patients had undergone an average of 3.1 procedures before the index surgery. Three patients had prior deep infections, and one patient had an active infection. Intervention: A precontoured 4.5-mm cannulated blade plate was applied to the medial tibial surface through aposteromedial approach. Autograft was added in eight patients to fill bone voids. Main Outcome Measures: AOFAS scores were assigned to each patient preoperatively and at most recent follow-up. Results: All patients healed their nonunions after the index surgery. Average time to radiographic union was 16 weeks. Average time to full weight bearing was 12 weeks. AOFAS scores improved in all patients from an average preoperative score of 29 to an average postoperative score of 89. The only complication was a deep infection, which was treated successfully with one irrigation and débridement and 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Conclusion: Blade plate reconstruction of distal tibia metaphyseal nonunion is a safe and reliable method that results in a high union and low complication rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • Blade plate
  • Functional outcome
  • Nonunion
  • Tibia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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