The treatment of distal tibia shaft fractures is still problematic because of the thin soft tissue envelope and less stable osteosynthesis. Therefore, nonunions are often seen in this region. When reamed nailing is performed, construct stiffness can be increased and fracture gap movement can be reduced, but in open fractures the question whether reamed nailing is before unreamed nailing is still uncertain. Therefore, unreamed nails with angle stable interlocking options were produced with the idea to improve the biomechanical properties of unreamed nails. This study compared reamed and unreamed nailing either with angle stable or conventional interlocking to plate osteosynthesis. The hypothesis was that angular stability in unreamed nailing will increase the construct stiffness and reduce the fracture gap movement.
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Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary/methods*
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