A fluted intramedullary rod for subtrochanteric fractures.

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A new intramedullary rod has been developed for the treatment of subtrochanteric fractures. The stepped fluted rod is designed as a single unit and has exceptional bending strength and rigidity as well as excellent torsional load-carrying capacity. It has been used successfully in eighteen patients with a variety of subtrochanteric fractures. Union was achieved in all instances and no failure of the implant occurred. The simplified technique of insertion, the strength of the device, and the results of this study indicate that the fluted subtrochanteric rod has several advantages over other available devices.

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