Simple intraoperative traction system for acetabular fracture surgery

M. Vrahas, John Reid

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The open reduction and internal fixation of complex acetabular fractures generally require some amount of sustained intraoperative traction. This traction can be provided by either specialized traction tables or scrubbed assistants. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Specialized traction tables provide excellent controlled traction but are costly. Interested assistants are less costly, but at many institutions an adequate number of them are unavailable. We describe the design, construction, and use of a simple intraoperative traction device to aid in the open reduction and internal fixation of acetabular fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-965
Number of pages4
JournalOrthopaedic Review
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1994


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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