Percutaneous Fixation of Calcaneal Tuberosity Avulsion Fracture

J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Aug:33 Suppl 1:S44-S45. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001533.


There are little data published regarding percutaneous fixation of calcaneal tuberosity avulsion fractures, but tongue-type calcaneal fracture literature can be extrapolated to these injuries because they can be considered the extra-articular form of a tongue-type calcaneus fracture. Both injuries involve similar considerations regarding skin compromise and need for urgent management with similar percutaneous techniques to minimize further soft-tissue injury. Percutaneous fixation of tongue-type calcaneus fractures was first reported by Weshues and Gissane in their description of the Essex Lopresti maneuver as an alternative to open approaches to minimize the risk of soft-tissue complications and flap necrosis and provide a means of improving reductions in smokers and diabetics who may not otherwise be good operative candidates.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Calcaneus / injuries*
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
  • Fractures, Avulsion / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intra-Articular Fractures / surgery*