Minimally invasive osteosynthesis in stable trochanteric fractures: a comparative study between Gotfried percutaneous compression plate and Gamma 3 intramedullary nail

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AimOur objective was to compare the results of PCCP (Percutaneous Compression Plate) device and Gamma 3 nail for the treatment of stable trochanteric hip fractures and to demonstrate that PCCP device is a minimally invasive system.MethodProspective, randomized trial. Eighty patients aged 60 and over with stable trochanteric fracture were selected and then randomized using a table of randomized numbers. Length of time of operative procedure, hemoglobin levels at 6 and 48 h after surgery, packed cells units administered, and hospital stay were recorded. In addition, the postoperative complications in the first year after the surgery was collected.ResultsNo differences were found in hospital stay, surgical time, blood loss, functional outcome at 1-year follow-up, neck-shaft angle, fracture collapse, and mortality.ConclusionsPCCP and Gamma 3 have not presented significant differences in any measured parameter for treatment of stable trochanteric fractures. Therefore, the PCCP system is shown to be as minimally invasive as the Gamma 3.

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