Retrograde Nailing of Femur Fractures in Patients with Myelopathy and Who Are Nonambulatory

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Medical Paper

Scientific Paper

Chin KR1Altman DTAltman GTMitchell TMTomford WWLhowe DW.

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

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Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, Founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology exposure. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and info. tech meet – and is uniquely educated at the intersection of these three professions. He has experience as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences & Admissions Committee Member at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Visiting Spine Surgeon & Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomedical Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details


Chin KR1Altman DTAltman GTMitchell TMTomford WWLhowe DW.

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  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114, USA.

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