Mahmut MUTLU, Mehmet ARAZI, M I Safa KAPICIOGLU, Recep MEMIK, Abdurrahman KUTLU

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Selcuk University Medical SchoolKonya, Turkey

Keywords: Olecranon Fractures, AO Tension-Band Technique.


Between March 1985 and January 1996, 30 patients with displaced olecranon fractures were treated with AO tension-band technique. There were 23 men and 7 women. The mean age was 35 years (from 17 to 68 years). The average follow-up period was 16 months (range, 12 to 52 months). The patients were evaluated according to Murphy criterias which included pain, function, range of motion and radiographic appearence. According to these criterias, 10 patients were assessed as excellent, 12 were good, 7 were fair and 1 was poor. Sympthomatic metal prominence were observed in 14 patients. Two olecranon bursitis and one heterotopic ossification occured. The results of this study suggest that the AO tension-band techniques is an effective treatment method for displaced olecranon fractures in adults.