Surgical techniques of olecranon fractures

J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Aug;39(8):1606-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.05.014.


Olecranon fractures are common upper extremity injuries. The vast majority are treated with operative fixation. Many treatment techniques have been described including tension band and plating. This review covers the most commonly used fixation techniques in detail, including pearls and pitfalls with case examples of both successful treatments and potential complications.

Keywords: Elbow; fractures; olecranon; techniques; tension band.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Elbow Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Elbow Joint / physiopathology
  • Elbow Joint / surgery
  • Fractures, Bone / complications
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Olecranon Process / anatomy & histology
  • Olecranon Process / injuries*
  • Olecranon Process / physiology
  • Olecranon Process / surgery
  • Radiography