Reduction and temporary stabilization of Tile C pelvic ring injuries using a posteriorly based external fixation system

  • Murphy P. MartinIII
  • David Rojas
  • Cyril MauffreyEmail author
Technical Note • PELVIS - TRAUMA


Tile C pelvic ring injuries are challenging to manage even in the most experienced hands. The majority of such injuries can be managed using percutaneous reduction techniques, and the posterior ring can be stabilized using percutaneous transiliac–transsacral screw fixation. However, a subgroup of patients present with inadequate bony corridors, significant sacral zone 2 comminution or significant lateral/vertical displacement of the hemipelvis through a complete sacral fracture. Percutaneous strategies in such circumstances can be dangerous. Those patients may benefit from prone positioning and open reduction of the sacral fracture with fixation through tension band plating or lumbo-pelvic fixation. Soft tissue handling is critical, and direct reduction techniques around the sacrum can be difficult due to the complex anatomy and the fragile nature of the sacrum making clamp placement and tightening a challenge. In this paper, we propose a mini-invasive technique of indirect reduction and temporary stabilization, which is soft tissue friendly and permits maintenance of reduction during definitive fixation surgical.


Tile C pelvic fracture Percutaneous fixation of pelvic ring Vertical shear pelvic fracture Lumbo-pelvic fixation Posterior pelvic external fixator Transiliac–transsacral screw fixation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsDenver Health Medical CenterDenverUSA

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