Treatment Of Mason Type II Radial Head Fractures With Extern
Management of Mason type II fracture is controversial and there is no consensus as to the best modality of treatment. Open reduction and plate fixation though most popular modality is more invasive and associated with hardware related problems. In this study, 17 patients with Mason type II radial head fractures were treated with a novel technique of closed reduction and external fixation. The patients were evaluated for pain by visual analogue scale (VAS), time to discharge and time to union. Functional assessment was done at 3 and 6 months with Mayo elbow performance score. Pain gradually decreased with time with average VAS of 0.3 at 3 months. The average time to discharge was 1.5 days and time to union was 6.8 weeks. The functional outcome was excellent in all patients at end of 6 months with no major intraoperative or postoperative complications. This study concludes that closed percutaneous reduction and external fixation can prove to be a good alternative to conventional open reduction and fixation procedures.