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Table 2 Comparison of surgical data and complications, healing, and lower limb function scores in the lateral and supine groups

From: Lateral position: a friendly surgical position for intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fractures via infrapatellar approach

Variable Lateral group Supine group P-value
Operation time (mintues)a 72.98(14.21) 82.09(14.92) 0.001
Fluoroscopy time (seconds)a 33.81(5.91) 68.53(8.69) 0.000
Intraoperative blood loss (milliliter)a 95.65(14.51) 121.90(44.54) 0.000
Number of assistants neededa 1.85(0.36) 2.43(0.50) 0.000
Fibula internal fixation (n,%) 29, 53.70% 30, 51.72% 0.293*
Complications (n,%)
Superficial infection
2, 3.70% 2, 3.45% 0.994*
Deep infection 0, 0.00% 0, 0.00%  
Anterior knee pain 8, 14.81% 10, 17.24%  
Delayed fracture healing 3, 5.56% 2, 3.45%  
Nonunion 0, 0.00% 0, 0.00%  
Malunion (n,%)
Rotation malunion
Varus malunion
Valgus malunion
3, 5.56%
1, 1.85%
0, 0.00%
10, 17.24%
1, 1.72%
0, 0.00%
0.045*
Time for union (weeks)a 14.00(5.93) 15.88(5.02) 0.072
LEFS score at 12 montha 77.19(2.39) 76.86(2.81) 0.515
  1. amean(SD); *Chi-square-test
  2. LEFT The Lower Extremity Functional Scale