Removal of a Broken Synthes Proximal Spiral Blade

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Abstract

Summary:

Use of cephalomedullary nails is an option for treatment of subtrochanteric femur fractures. However, the magnitude of bending forces in this area of the femur often can lead to implant failure before union. We report on a case of hardware failure of a specific device (Synthes spiral blade) and a method for removal.

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