Supracondylar fractures of the humerus are very common fractures in pediatric age groups. If displaced, preferred treatment is close reduction with percutaneous K-wire fixation. This study compares the functional outcome of cross k-wires v/s lateral k-wires in Gartland type III supracondylar humerus fractures in paediatric age groups.
Materials and Methods: 30 cases of supracondylar fractures of the humerus gartland type III in children operated with closed reduction and pinning of which 15 were of lateral and 15 were of cross k wires group from January 2015 to June 2017 with minimum 4 months follow-up period were considered
Results: Functional outcome of the patients was assessed by Flynn’s criteria. Results were excellent 13.33%, good 40% fair 46.6% in cross k wire group and excellent 6.6%, good 46.6% fair 40% and poor 6.6% in lateral k wire group
Conclusion: Both lateral entry pin fixation and crossed pin fixation are effective in the treatment of gartland type III extension supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children.