Posterior pelvic ring fractures frequently pose a problem of stability with an elevated risk of complications. The traditional method of percutaneous sacro-iliac (SI) stabilization with the use of fluoroscopic image amplifiers demands a high degree of experience and has an elevated risk of screws’ malpositioning.
Intraoperative 3D-CT scan coupled with a navigation system (O-Arm©) can allow screw fixation accuracy while limiting the risk of complications for the treatment of posterior pelvic ring fractures.
Material and methods
Patients with posterior pelvic ring fractures stabilized with percutaneous SI screws through O-Arm© navigation from August 2008 to December 2017 were analyzed. A modified Gras classification was used to determine screws’ positioning under CT visualization, and intra-operative and early postoperative complications were documented.
Among the 21 patients evaluated, 14 men and 7 women with a mean age of 57.8 years (range 25–91), receiving 39 screws, the rate of misplacement was low: 82%, grade I, 15.4%, grade II, and only 2.6% grade III. Only one patient underwent revision surgery, not because of misplacement but rather for a secondary implant loosening. No complications occurred in this series.
This study documented a large series of patients treated for pelvic ring fractures using the intraoperative 3D-CT O-Arm© guided navigation. This surgical approach provided a precise and safe SI screw positioning with no complications.
Level of evidence
IV, Retrospective study.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Posterior pelvic ring fracture, Sacro-iliac screws fixation, O-Arm©
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