Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, here.
The authors studied 10 consecutive patients with closed femoral shaft or supracondylar fractures who were nonambulatory and who were treated by reamed retrograde intramedullary nailing via an intercondylar notch approach. The study consisted of five women and five men with an average age of 60.7 years (range, 40-89 years). Six patients had spinal cord lesions, one had a brain injury, one had cerebral palsy, one had multiple sclerosis, and one had progressive myelopathy. Three fractures were supracondylar, and seven fractures involved the mid-distal diaphysis. The average time of surgery was 110 minutes (range, 70-225 minutes) with an average estimated blood loss of 288 mL (range, 150-400 mL). There were two postoperative deaths (at 15 days and 2 months, respectively) after the procedure that were attributable to pneumonia. The remaining eight patients were observed for an average of 13 months (range, 6-20 months) after surgery. All fractures healed as evaluated radiographically. Retrograde intramedullary nailing is a simple, safe, and effective alternative to nonoperative treatment for femoral shaft or supracondylar fractures in patients who are nonambulatory. Stabilization by this method allows fracture healing and rapid return of patients to their previous level of function. There were no nonunions, malunions, significant shortening, implant failure, or wound infections.
About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board-certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology experience. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University and has experience as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies.
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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details
- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114, USA.