Comparison of dynamic versus static external fixation for pediatric femur fractures.
Abstract External fixation of pediatric femoral shaft fractures has the advantages of minimal dissection and early weight bearing. However, it is associated with slow healing and potential for refracture. Some surgeons have proposed that axial dynamization may improve the speed and strength of callus formation. to test this hypothesis, we performed a randomized controlled trial using 53 femur fractures in 52 patients between 1995 and 1999.