Minimally invasive triangular lumboiliac and iliosacral fixation of posterior pelvic ring injuries with vertical instability: Technical note

  • Prost Solène
  • Boudissa Mehdi
  • Fuentes Stéphane
  • Tropiano Patrick
  • Tonetti Jérôme
  • Blondel Benjamin

  • Sacral fracture
  • Percutaneous fixation
  • Pelvis
  • Minimal invasive


To date, no strong consensus exists on the best way to treat posterior pelvic ring injuries when there is no neurological deficit. Various fixation methods have been described; more recently, constructs that combine lumboiliac and iliosacral fixation have been introduced. This type of fixation is mainly indicated in cases of spinopelvic dissociation with large displacement of fracture fragments in the sagittal plane. However, these techniques are associated with postoperative complications, particularly infections and severe skin complications. This led us to propose a minimally invasive lumboiliac and iliosacral fixation technique for posterior pelvic ring injuries. The procedure is done with the patient prone. It consists of pedicle screw insertion into L4 or L5 and screw fixation of the ilium with fluoroscopy guidance; intra-operative distraction can be done depending on the amount of displacement. An iliosacral screw is then inserted percutaneously to allow reduction in the transverse plane and yield a triangular construct. In the five patients that we have operated using this technique, the mean preoperative vertical displacement was 11.9 ± 6.9 mm (SD) (min 1.3, max 19.7) versus 3.7 ± 3.2 mm (min 0.3, max 6.7) postoperatively and the mean preoperative frontal displacement was 7.5 ± 3.7 mm (min 4.2, max 12.4) versus 2.5 ± 2.0 mm (min 0.3, max 4.3) postoperatively. Minimally invasive iliosacral and lumboiliac fixation is an option for treating posterior pelvic ring fractures free of neurological deficit and especially spinopelvic dissociation.