Table 4

Comparison of the delayed union rate, non-union rate, and time to bone union between late and immediate intramedullary nailing for open fractures of the tibial shaft

No. of casesDelayed union (no. of cases)Non-union (no. of cases)Time to bone union* (weeks)
L373 (8.1%)2 (5.4%)15.0 (10–20)
I482 (4.2%)1 (2.1%)16.5 (9–19)
p Value0.4440.4110.524
  • p: late versus immediate.

  • *Excludes deep infection and cases of non-union.

  • I, immediate intramedullary nailing; L, late intramedullary nailing; no., number.