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Intraoperative tibial plateau fracture during bone preparation in a cruciate retaining primary total knee arthroplasty
  1. Shea K Taylor1,
  2. Andrew Sephien2 and
  3. Timothy Clader3
  1. 1Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
  2. 2Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
  3. 3Orthopaedic Surgery Department, James A Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shea K Taylor; sheataylor{at}


Intraoperative fractures are a rare complication in total knee arthroplasty. Limited literature exists in regard to the incidence, mechanism of injury and management of intraoperative fractures. The authors report a unique case of an 80-year-old man who sustained a medial tibial plateau fracture that occurred intraoperatively during final tibia bone preparation with the use of the Woolley Tibia Punch (Innomed, Savannah, Georgia, USA). The fracture was managed with the addition of 4.5 mm cortical lag screws and the addition of a stemmed tibial implant to bypass the fracture. This is the first reported case in literature that describes an intraoperative medial tibial plateau that occurred through the use of a Woolley Tibia Punch. The authors recommend the consideration of drilling to prepare sclerotic bone for cement penetration rather than a punch in order to minimise the potential for intraoperative fractures that may occur with the use of a punch.

  • trauma
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The spelling of author name has been corrected from "Andrew Sephian" to "Andrew Sephien".

  • Contributors SKT, AS and TC have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data. They took part in drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content. They made final approval of the version published. They agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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