The aim of our study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of distal humerus fractures treated with orthogonal plating via the olecranon osteotomy approach in the Indian population, at a tertiary care centre in Kolhapur.
Method: A prospective study was carried out in a tertiary care center in Kolhapur. A total number of 16 patients with fractures of distal humerus (AO type B and C) were studied between May2019 to August 2020. All were treated with orthogonal plating via the olecranon osteotomy approach. A mean follow up of 6 months was carried out, and evaluation was done with the help of MEPS and DASH scoring system.
Result: The mean radiological union time was 14.6 weeks with an arc of flexion of 101.2 degrees. The outcome measured using Mayo Elbow Performance Score (MEPS) and DASH scoring was 89 and 15.4 points respectively at 6 months. Patient satisfaction was 87% at the end of 6 month follow-up.25% patients reported complications like infection (1 patient), delayed wound healing (2 patients) and hardware prominence (1 patient). No cases of infection or peripheral neuropathies were reported in any of the patients.
Conclusion: Orthogonal plating via the olecranon osteotomy approach remains a good alternative showing good clinical outcome in the treatment of distal humerus fractures (AO type B and C). It offers a more stable fixation and the olecranon osteotomy approach gives better exposure for surgery.