Introduction: Management of proximal and distal tibial fractures is challenging because of the complexity of injury, limited
muscle coverage and poor vacularity. Surgical management of tibial fractures includes multiple options: external fixation, IM
nailing, ORIF and minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO). Open reduction and internal fixation with a plate may end in wide
dissection and tissue devascularization. Fixation of tibial fractures with MIPO allows protection of soft tissue and blood supply. This
is a report of a series of prospectively studied closed proximal and distal tibial fractures treated with MIPO.
Materials and Methods: A total of 20 patients with closed proximal or distal tibial or fractures were enrolled in the study
between 2016 and 2017 and completed follow-up. Demographic characteristics, mechanism of injury, time required for union,
range of motion and complications were recorded. Eleven patients had proximal tibial fractures and nine had distal tibial fractures.
Patients were followed up to 2 and 6 weeks and then at intervals of 4 to 6 weeks until 12 months.
Results: Mean age of the patients was 39.5 years (range 18-65 years). Thirteen cases were the consequence of high-energy
trauma and seven were the result of low-energy trauma. The clinical and radiological outcome were excellent in 13 patients, good
in 6 patients and fair in 1 patient. The average time for fracture union was 16.4 weeks, ranging from 16 to 20 weeks. None of our
patients developed any complications.
Conclusion: MIPO is a reliable method of management for tibial fractures; it provides a high union rate and good functional
outcome with minimal soft tissue problems.