Nailing of proximal and distal fractures of the femur: Limitations and techniques

Joshua Langford, Andrew Burgess

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Abstract

Over the last 15 years, a continual evolution of nail design and techniques has made nailing at the extremes of the femur more commonplace. This evolution has yielded a better understanding and ability to control fractures of the metaphysis and, in the distal femur, even intra-articular fractures. With understanding of common pitfalls and reduction techniques, uneventful healing with anatomic alignment, rotation, and length can be achieved with nails at both far proximal and far distal fractures of the femur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S22-S25
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Volume23
Issue numberSUPPL. 5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009

Keywords

  • Distal femur fracture
  • Intertrochanteric fracture
  • Intramedullary nailing
  • Retrograde femoral nail
  • Subtrochanteric fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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