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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-83

Joshi's external stabilization system fixator – A mini solution to avert major disabilities in hand injuries

1 Department of Orthopaedics, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Gayatri Vidya Parishad Institute of Health Science and Medical Technology, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Orthopaedics, NIMRA Institute of Medical Sciences, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Department of Orthopaedics, Chaitra Hospital, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
5 Department of Orthopaedics, Sai Sudha Hospital, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India
6 Department of Orthopaedics, Golden Jubilee Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Soma Sekhar Mecharla
Department of Orthopaedics, Gayatri Vidya Parishad Institute of Health Science and Medical Technology, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jodp.jodp_71_22

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Background: Fractures of hand bones are often considered minor injuries and treatment is either delayed or neglected. These fractures are usually treated conservatively that leaves behind a residual functional deficit. Surgical intervention should be considered for open, unstable, multiple, comminuted, or intra-articular fractures. Standard surgical treatment includes the use of K-wire, plate, or mini-screws which are associated with unsatisfactory results and high complication rates. Joint stiffness is a commonly reported complication with most of the existing devices used for hand bone fractures. There is a deficit of data pertaining to the effectiveness of Joshi's External Stabilization System (JESS) in avoiding joint stiffness. Joshi's external fixator is a reliable treatment of phalangeal and metacarpal fractures of the hand. It is an economical, simple, lightweight, and stable contract. Patients and Methods: We report a prospective cohort study of 30 patients of hand bone fracture, 10–60-year age range, treated by JESS. Functional evaluation was made using the Duncan et al. scoring. Results: The results recorded were excellent in 31.58% of cases, good in 42.11% of cases, fair in 21.05%, and poor in 5.26% of patients. Conclusion: JESS ex-fix for hand is a useful construct that allows early mobilization of nearby joints. It can be considered a suitable choice for the management of phalangeal and metacarpal fractures of hand to deliver good functional outcome.

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