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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 411-414

Arthroscopy assisted balloon osteoplasty of a tibia plateau depression fracture: A case report

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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Kleanthis Ziogas
Glynou Dimitriou 15 71304 Heraklion, Crete
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DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.166223

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Context: A clinical case of a tibia plateau fracture is presented which was treated with balloon osteoplasty and arthroscopy guidance. Balloon Tibioplasty has been shown to be a very useful method for the management of tibial plateau fractures. The use of calcium phosphate has been described in the literature for management and restoration of bone defects in tibial plateau fractures. Case Report: A 45-years-old Caucasian woman was presented after a fall from a ladder. The patient sustained a lateral tibia plateau fracture which was classified as Shatzker type III (AO 41-B2) with posterolateral depression of the joint surface. Surgical treatment was applied using a minimal approach which included percutaneous reduction of the fracture under arthroscopy and fluoroscopy guidance. The bone defect was filled with calcium phosphate via injection. The clinical outcome at the 6, 12 and 24 weeks was excellent with full-range of motion of the knee joint. Conclusion: Arthroscopy assisted balloon osteoplasty seems to be a safe and effective method for the treatment of depressed tibia plateau fractures. Further study is needed for the proper evidence based use and application of this method.

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