Tension Band Suture Fixation of Olecranon Fractures

  • Joideep Phadnis
  • Adam C. Watts


Olecranon fractures frequently require surgical treatment when displaced. Traditional methods of stabilization using tension band wire fixation and plate fixation achieve adequate union and function, but are associated with high rates of reoperation and wound problems because of prominent metalwork. The purpose of this chapter is to describe an all-suture technique for fixation of simple olecranon fractures that maintains inter-fragmentary compression, provides bony union, and reduces the rate of reoperation caused by prominent metalwork.


Olecranon Fracture Osteosynthesis Suture 



Conflicts of Interest Statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare in relation to this chapter.

Supplementary material

Video 80.1

Cadaveric demonstration of the suture technique with key steps highlighted (MP4 535,516 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joideep Phadnis
    • 1
  • Adam C. Watts
    • 2
  1. 1.Brighton & Sussex University HospitalsBrightonUK
  2. 2.Upper Limb Unit, Wrightington HospitalWiganUK

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