In a recent article published by Paramus Daily Voice, Roger F. Widmann, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at HSS, explains what tibial pseudarthrosis is and how it can be treated.
“Tibial pseudarthrosis is a fracture of the tibia that doesn’t heal correctly, referred to by orthopedists as ‘nonunion’, and is associated with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder in which tumors grow in the nervous system and under the skin,” wrote Dr. Widmann.
“Surgical intervention is recommended for children with fractures and pseudarthrosis. The most common procedure involves use of a bone graft and intramedullary rod to promote healing. With this surgical approach, patients may also require leg lengthening to restore growth lost in the tibia,” added Dr. Widmann.