A comparison of intramedullary nailing and plate-screw fixation in the treatment for ipsilateral fracture of the hip and femoral shaft

Cumhur Cevdet Kesemenli, Bilgehan Tosun, Nicholas Sun Yong Kim
Musculoskeletal Surgery 2012, 96 (2): 117-24
We compared the outcomes of intramedullary nailing with plate-screw fixation in the treatment for ipsilateral fracture of the hip and femoral shaft. A retrospective study. Level 1 Trauma. Forty-one patients (32 males and 9 females; mean age, 34 years; age range, 21-53) with ipsilateral hip and femoral shaft fractures were treated between 1995 and 2005. Eighteen patients were injured in motor vehicle accidents, and 23 fell from a height. All patients were treated by one of the two methods of internal fixation: a screw-plate fixation (n = 24, Group I) or intramedullary nailing (n = 17, Group II). The fracture union time, nonunion, delayed union, implant failure, need of further surgeries, and functional outcomes were investigated and compared. Fisher's exact test showed that Group I had a significantly higher frequency of nonunion than that of Group II (P = 0.029). Although Group I had more nonunions, delayed unions, and revision operations than Group II, the total union time was similar for both groups. Intramedullary nailing was found to be superior to screw-plate fixation due to improved functional bearing, increased rate of union, stability, and mechanical solidity. The reconstruction nail method is an acceptable alternative treatment for ipsilateral hip and femoral shaft fractures.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"