A double-plating approach to distal femur fracture: A clinical study

Ely L. Steinberg, Jacov Elis, Yohai Steinberg, Moshe Salai, Tomer Ben-Tov

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Abstract

Background Locked plating is one of the latest innovative options for treating supracondylar femur fractures with relatively low failure rates. Single lateral plating was often found to have a relative higher failure rate. No clinical studies of double-plating distal femur fixation have thus far been reported. The aim of this study is to present our clinical experience with this surgical approach. Patients and methods Thirty-two patients (26 females and 6 males, mean age 76 years, range 44–101) were included in the study. Eight of them patients had a periprosthetic stable implant fracture and two patients were treated for a nonunion. Results All fractures, excluding one that needed bone grafting and one refracture, healed within 12 weeks. One patient needed bone grafting for delayed union and one patient needed fixation exchange due to femur re-fracture at the site of the most proximal screw. Two patients developed superficial wound infection and one patient required medial plate removal after union due to deep infection. Conclusions Based on these promising results, we propose that the double-plating technique should be considered in the surgeon's armamentarium for the treatment of supracondylar femur fractures, particularly in patients with poor bone quality, comminuted fractures and very low periprosthetic fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2260-2265
Number of pages6
JournalInjury
Volume48
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Distal femur fracture
  • Double-plating
  • Fracture stabilization

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