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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 85-B, Issue 1 | Pages 57 - 61
1 Jan 2003
White SP Porteous AJ Newman JH Mintowt-Czyz W Barr V

Nine patients underwent arthrodesis of the knee using a customised coupled nail (the Mayday arthrodesis nail), five after infected arthroplasty, one following failed arthrodesis, one for intractable anterior knee pain, one for Charcot instability and one after trauma. Comparison was made with 17 arthrodeses, eight undertaken using external fixation, four with dual compression plates, and five with long Küntscher nails. Union was achieved in all patients (100%) at a mean time of ten months using the customised implant. There were no complications despite early weight-bearing. No further procedures were required. This contrasted with a rate of union of 53% and a complication rate of 76% with alternative techniques. Of this second group, 76% required a further operative procedure.

We compared the Mayday arthrodesis nail with other techniques of arthrodesis of the knee. The differences in the need for further surgery and occurrence of complications were statistically significant (p < 0.001), and differences in the rate of nonunion and inpatient stay of less than three weeks were also significant (p < 0.05) using Fisher’s exact test.

We conclude that a customised coupled intramedullary nail can give excellent stability allowing early weight-bearing, and results in a high rate of union with minimal postoperative complications.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 70-B, Issue 4 | Pages 675 - 675
1 Aug 1988
Graham G Jenkins A Mintowt-Czyz W

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 69-B, Issue 2 | Pages 207 - 211
1 Mar 1987
Jenkins N Jones D Johnson Mintowt-Czyz W

In a prospective, controlled study 58 patients aged under 60 years with Colles' fractures were treated either by a forearm plaster or by the application of an external fixator. In 94% of those treated by a fixator it was possible to insert the distal pins of the frame into the fracture fragment, the fixation obtained being sufficient to forgo additional splintage. The external fixator proved more effective at holding the manipulated position, and the radiological loss of position during fracture union was minimal compared with that seen in patients treated in plaster.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 68-B, Issue 3 | Pages 374 - 374
1 May 1986
Jenkins N Mintowt-Czyz W

We report a case of post-traumatic compartment syndrome of the biceps-brachialis compartment after a minor injury. The condition is well recognised after a drug overdose, but surgeons should be aware that a compartment syndrome may also be caused by apparently trivial trauma, and that it may develop in regions other than the anterior compartments of the leg and forearm.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 65-B, Issue 2 | Pages 210 - 210
1 Mar 1983
Fairclough J Mackie I Mintowt-Czyz W Phillips G

The scalpel blades used during 187 operations were cultured. At each procedure the knife used to incise the skin was discarded immediately and a fresh knife was used to complete the operation. The results showed that there was no difference in the bacterial growth between the two knives. From these results it would appear that the practice of changing blades after incising the skin is an unnecessary precaution in the prevention of bacterial contamination of clean wounds.