Plating versus Ilizarov Technique for Complex Tibial Plateau Fractures: A Comparative Study on Functional Outcome and Patient Satisfaction


  • Faheem Sultan Ghori Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre
  • Dr. Khalil Ahmed Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre
  • Dr. Kashif Mehmood Khan Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre


Complex Tibial Plateau Fractures, Ilizarov Technique, ORIF


To compare clinical and functional outcomes and complications of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) by plating and Ilizarov technique in complex tibial plateau fractures.

This study is a randomized clinical trial accompanying 56 patients having Schatzker type V and VI tibial plateau fractures. We divided patients into two groups for management. Group I; open reduction internal fixation versus Ilizarov technique (Group II). We conducted at the Orthopedics Department, Jinnah post-graduate medical centre, Karachi, from April-2018 to Oct2020. The endpoint assessed patients’ satisfaction and clinical and functional outcomes up to an 18-month follow-up.

The aetiology of tibial fracture was mainly road traffic accidents (RTA); 17 (70.9%) in ORIF versus 23 (71.8%) in the Ilizarov group. According to clinical outcomes, excellent extension lag was achieved in 100% of patients in both groups. Most patients had excellent knee flexion, thigh atrophy and instability outcomes (54.1% vs 59.37%, 87.5% vs 81.2% and 83.3% vs 87.5%). The
functional outcome assessment was done and recorded for 18 months of follow-up. There was no significant difference in normal walking, stair climbing, squatting, jumping and duck walking between the groups. The overall rate of complications was similar; 11 (45.8%) in ORIF versus 17 (53.12%) in the Illizarov group (p-value 0.78).

Our study concludes that there is an excellent clinical and functional outcome found in both procedures.



Author Biographies

Faheem Sultan Ghori, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre

Senior Registrar, Orthopedics Department

Dr. Khalil Ahmed, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre

Senior Registrar, Orthopedics Department

Dr. Kashif Mehmood Khan, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre

Head of Orthopedics Department


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