Do the end-results demonstrate that the two principal bugbears of the closed treatment in fracture of the long pipe bones are eliminated by the internal splint, insuring the patient the best possible result without exposing unduly to the dangers of postoperative complications? Shortly after Lane's monograph appeared I saw disaster follow plating in the bands of a few of our best surgeons and I was somewhat reluctant to recommend this form of treatment except in cases of compound fracture with displacement and in cases of non-union. During the past two years, however, several of the surgical members of the visiting staff have done considerable plating at the City Hospital, and in order to determine the practical results of plating in competent hands, I have made strenuous efforts to trace and examine each patient. The findings may be seen in the accompanying table.
COMMENTS ON RESULTS OF PLATING
There were thirteen
BABLER EA. END-RESULTS OF SIXTY-SIX PLATINGSREMARKS ON THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURE OF THE LONG PIPE BONES. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(21):1580–1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050256010
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