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short versus long proximal femoral nail

Rory Norris, Dhritiman Bhattacharjee, Martyn J Parker
INTRODUCTION: A sliding hip screw (SHS) is currently the treatment of choice for trochanteric hip fractures, largely due to the low incidence of complications. An alternative treatment is the use of intramedullary proximal femoral nails. Unfortunately these implants have been associated with a risk of later fracture around the implant. The aim of this study was to see if any improvements have been made to the current intramedullary nails, to reduce the incidence of secondary fracture around the distal tip of the nail...
June 2012: Injury
Tjibbe J Gardenbroek, Michiel J M Segers, Rogier K J Simmermacher, Eric R Hammacher
BACKGROUND: The optimal surgical treatment of patients with an unstable extracapsular proximal femoral fracture is yet to be found. From the biomechanical point of view, the use of an intramedullary device in combination with a dynamic femoral head/neck stabilization implant seems an optimal technique. One of these intramedullary devices, the Proximal Femoral Nail (PFN), has several drawbacks in practice. The Proximal Femur Nail Antirotation (PFNA) has been designed to address these. We hypothesized that the placement of one femoral head/neck fixation device in the PFNA would improve positioning of the implant in the femoral head compared with the PFN and reduce the number of reoperations in both short and long term...
July 2011: Journal of Trauma
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