Analysis of Functional Outcome in Floating Knee Injury

Amruth, K H (2013) Analysis of Functional Outcome in Floating Knee Injury. Masters thesis, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore.


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BACKGROUND: The term floating knee is defined as simultaneous ipsilateral fracture of femur and tibia that disconnect the knee from the rest of the limb. It includes both intra-articular and extra-articular fractures. Surgical stabilization of both the femur and tibia fractures, early rehabilitation of the patient produces best clinical outcome. The aim of the study is to analyze the functional outcome in floating knee injury in Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, Coimbatore. The objective is to study the various modalities of management and complications associated with floating knee injuries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was done in the department of Orthopedics at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, Coimbatore from June 2010 to December 2012 which includes 25 patients with 25 floating knee injuries. This is a prospective study. RESULTS: Assessment of functional outcome was done using Karlstrom and Olerud criteria after a minimum period of 4 months from the date of injury. The results obtained in our study are comparable to the previous studies with respect to knee stiffness, shortening, hospital stay in floating knee injury patients. CONCLUSION: Aggressive wound debridement with early stabilization provide good functional outcome in treatment of floating knee injury. Internal fixation of fractures permits early mobilization of the knee joint with good functional outcome.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: floating knee, femur, tibia, debridement.
Subjects: MEDICAL > Orthopaedics
Depositing User: Subramani R
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 01:15
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 01:15

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