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Introduction: Distal Tibia fractures are considered as a surgeon’s nightmare as it is difficult to treat due to less muscle cover, precarious blood supply and its proximity to ankle joint. Here we compare two surgical procedures Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) and Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO) methods. Aims and Objectives: Study was done to compare results between surgical approaches ORIF vs. MIPO in treatment of lower third tibia fractures. Methodology: The study included 64 patients out of which 32 were treated by ORIF and remaining 32 by MIPO. Outcome was evaluated on the basis of length of incision, duration of surgery, blood loss, duration of stay, mobilization with partial and full weight bearing, AOFAS grading. Results: Length of incision, blood loss, mobilization at full weight bearing was significantly higher in ORIF group as compared to MIPO and was statistically significant. Results and Conclusion: MIPO offers biological advantages over conventional plating techniques in terms of low surgical trauma, preservation of the blood supply, lesser evacuation of osteogenic fracture hematoma and stable construct.


Fracture, Distal Tibia, Internal Fixation, Plate Osteosynthesis
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