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Technique for percutaneous insertion of intramedullary nail for intertrochanteric hip fracture.

Department of Orthopedics, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York 11203, USA.
American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.) 04/2004; 33(3):117-20; discussion 120.
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ABSTRACT Intramedullary nailing has been proven to have biomechanical advantages over the use of a side plate and screw system. Further advantages may be gained with the use of a percutaneous technique, thereby minimizing blood loss, operative time, and overall morbidity. This article describes a technique for inserting an intramedullary nail percutaneously using a minimal-incision technique by utilizing fluoroscopy in cases of intertrochanteric hip fracture.

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