Slongo’s external fixation for supracondylar humeral fractur
A Study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of ultra-early rehabilitation on elbow function after Slongo’s external fixation for supracondylar humeral fractures in older children and adolescents.

Researchers retrospectively analyzed clinical data from 49 older children and adolescents with supracondylar humerus fracture who were treated with Slongo’s external fixation. 23 patients received ultra-early postoperative rehabilitation (rehabilitation group) and 26 patients were not subjected to postoperative rehabilitation (control group).

Patients were followed up at 3 and 6?months after surgery to compare the elbow range of motion (ROM) and carrying angle (CA). Postoperative complications were assessed in both groups.

Results:
--The elbow function at 6?months after surgery was significantly better than that at 3?months in the control group.

--Time to ROM-ADL in the rehabilitation group was significantly shorter than that of the control group.

--The elbow function, Flynn scores, and modified Mayo scores in the rehabilitation group at 3 and 6?months after surgery were significantly better than that of the control group.

--There were no iatrogenic injuries, secondary fracture displacements, myositis ossificans, elbow deformities, or other complications in either group. One case of nail tract infection occurred in the rehabilitation group and was cured.

Conclusively, Slongo’s external fixation is a safe and effective surgical treatment for supracondylar humeral fractures in children over 8?years old and adolescents. Ultra-early rehabilitation treatment for postoperative children can significantly speed up the recovery after surgery.

Source: https://josr-online.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13018-021-02671-4
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