Minimally invasive surgical techniques for the reconstruction of calcaneal fractures

Orthopedics. 2003 Oct;26(10):1053-6. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-20031001-15.


The soft tissues play a crucial part in both the stabilization of the multiple joint surfaces of the calcaneus and in allowing propulsion as needed. Therefore, minimally invasive functional stabilization of heel bone fracture is a promising technique, which may bypass all published controversies. Experience has shown that ligamentotaxis, which means the use of mechanical forces applied to the soft-tissue envelope of fractures without the surgical disruption of the latter, contributes to fracture healing and reconstruction. Therefore, based on our results, minimally invasive techniques are useful and promising in calcaneal fracture treatment.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Calcaneus / anatomy & histology
  • Calcaneus / injuries*
  • Calcaneus / physiology
  • External Fixators
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation / instrumentation
  • Fracture Fixation / methods*
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome