Variability in olecranon AO fracture fixation: A radiological study
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Background: Tension Band Wire(TBW) ﬁxation of olecranon fracture is a commonly used technique by orthopaedic surgeons. However surgeons do not strictly adhere to the AO standard. Objectives: To determine the use and variability of this technique by surgeons at the hospital. Design: A hospital based retrospective study using anonymous radiological records. Setting: North Staﬀordshire University Hospital in United Kingdom. Materials and Methods: Computer software was used to retrieve, review and measure pre and postoperative radiographs of olecranon fracture cases. All identifying information was electronically masked. Results: The mean age was 50.1 years with a median of 56 years. 16.9% were open fractures. Fifty percent of the TBW met the AO standard.