Treatment of femoral diaphyseal non-unions: Our experience

Francesco Benazzo, Mario Mosconi, Federico Bove, Fabrizio Quattrini

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Abstract

Despite the continuous advances of surgical solutions, still 1-7% of fractures develop non-unions. The delays in fracture healing increase the period of incapacity of the patient with major consequences, on the psychological and functional recovery, but also on the direct and indirect health-related costs. In particular, femoral diaphyseal non-unions are often characterised by a challenging and long-lasting period of healing. The clinician treating these complex cases has to consider amongst other parameters, the condition of the soft tissue envelope, the adequacy of any pre-existing fixation, the alignment and length of the affected limb, the potential presence of an infection, as well as the general condition of the patient. Open reduction and plate fixation of femoral diaphyseal non-unions offers a valid alternative of stabilisation and if applied to carefully selected cases, can give optimal results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1156-1160
Number of pages5
JournalInjury
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • Diaphysis
  • Femur
  • Non-union
  • ORIF
  • Plate fixation
  • Shaft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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