Percutaneous plating of Weber B fibular fractures.
The data from 17 patients undergoing percutaneous plating of a distal fibular (Weber B) fracture were prospectively studied. A 4- to 6-hole semitubular plate with 3 screws was used for percutaneously plating. The Roles and Maudsley score was used to assess the patients' activity level.
All fibular fractures had healed clinically and radiographically by 8 weeks after surgery. The postoperative Roles and Maudsley scores had improved significantly. The time required to return to activity was 4.3 ± 2.0 months. Hardware removal was required in 3 patients during the study period, which had an average of almost 4 years postoperatively.
The results of the present study have demonstrated that percutaneous plating is an effective surgical option for treating Weber B distal fibular fractures.