A combination of the modified Stoppa approach and the iliac fossa approach in treating compound acetabular fractures by using an anterior ilioischial plate


Acetabular fracture; ilioischial plate; surgical approach

Published online: Jul 15 2019

Zhong Chen , Hongchang Yang , Zhaoxiang Wu , Ge Chen , Yi Ou , Xing Bi , Zhijian Ma

From the Trauma Center, The 2 nd People’s Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming, China


Most compound acetabular fractures involving both the anterior and posterior columns are caused by high-energy injuries. Patients with compound acetabular fractures are often in critical or poor condition and cannot tolerate major surgery. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of an ilioischial plate in treating compound acetabular fractures. A consecutive series of 40 patients with complex acetabular fractures were surgically treated and retrospectively reviewed. A modified Stoppa approach in combination with an iliac fossa approach was used. In all of the cases, the anterior column was stabilized with reconstruction plates for the iliac wing and along the iliopectineal line to the pubis. The posterior column was fixed either with the newly developed ilioischial plate running from the ilium to the ischial ramus or with standard fixation techniques. These included either conventional posterior column screws or quadrilateral plate fixation. Patients were divided into an experimental group (ilioischial plate for posterior column fixation) and a control group (standard fixation techniques).

In both groups, we found that 90% of all reductions were good to excellent. According to the modified Merle Aubigne and Postel scoring system, the percentage of good to excellent was 85% in the experimental group as compared to 80% in the control group. Compared with the control group, physical function (PF), role physical (RP) and social function (SF) were significantly better in the experimental group (P<0.05). Fracture healing was achieved in all patients.

By using the modified Stoppa approach combined with the iliac fossa approach, the ilioischial plate can be directly fixed to the posterior column and the ilium to stabilize the posterior column in patients with complex acetabular fractures.