Subtrochanteric Fractures: Treatment With Cerclage Wire and Long Intramedullary Nail

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Fracture malalignment and nonunion are not infrequent after treating subtrochanteric fractures with intramedullary nails. The use of a cerclage wire with a minimally invasive approach to aid and maintain reduction in certain subtrochanteric fracture patterns can be an effective surgical strategy to improve outcome. It allows the surgeon to obtain and maintain an anatomic reduction with more bone contact, which will aid in fracture consolidation. This has the added advantage of optimizing the greater trochanteric starting point. It minimizes malreductions of the proximal femoral fragment, and, we believe, that its rational use with a minimally invasive technique is a key factor in achieving good results.

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