Surgical fixation of pathologic fractures: An evaluation of evolving treatment methods

Kenneth J. Hunt, Sohrab Gollogly, R Randall

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The surgical techniques for the fixation of pathologic fractures continue to evolve. The present study examines clinical outcomes and complications associated with the use of newer generation interlocked intramedullary nails compared with open reduction and internal fixation with plates and screws for pathologic fractures in long bones. Fifty operative procedures performed on 37 patients by five community orthopaedic surgeons were retrospectively reviewed. The operative procedures were separated into two groups based upon the method of fracture fixation; the groups were compared for differences in hardware or fixation failure. The use of intramedullary devices was associated with a significantly lower number of hardware or fixation failures (p < 0.02). This data, in addition to several additional advantages of indirect reduction and intramedullary fixation of pathologic fractures, supports this method of fracture care over open reduction and internal fixation in appropriate cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin: Hospital for Joint Diseases
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 12 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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