Closed reduction internal fixation rates and procedure times for metacarpal fractures treated in a minor surgery area before and after the introduction of a mini C-arm unit

R. C. Mahabir, C. M. Decroff, L. Thurgood, A. R. Harrop

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mini C-arm units are compact, mobile, fluoroscopic imaging systems designed for real-time imaging of the extremities. They deliver the lowest possible radiation exposure to the patient and physician while minimizing operator effort and inconvenience. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was undertaken for consecutive metacarpal fractures requiring internal fixation treated in the minor surgery centre before (n=100) and after (n=100) the introduction of the mini C-arm. Open versus closed approach, procedure time and total operating room time were recorded. RESULTS: Before the introduction of the mini C-arm, the percutaneous rate was 48% and the average procedure and total operating room times were 55 min and 102 min, respectively. After mini C-arm implementation, the percutaneous rate increased to 59% and the average procedure and total times were 36 min and 78 min, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The use of a mini C-arm increased the rate of successful closed reduction internal fixation and reduced the procedure time for metacarpal fractures treated in the minor surgery area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Fixation, hand
  • Mini c-arm
  • Operative time
  • Percutaneous rate
  • Reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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