Prospective Study of Closed Reduction of Trochanteric Fractures via a Novel Intraoperative Femoral Fracture Reduction Device: Early Clinical Results

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Traction achieved using an intraoperative femoral fracture reduction device (IFFRD) was compared with that observed using a traction table (TT) for closed reduction of trochanteric fractures and cephalomedullary nail fixation.


Prospective cohort study.


Level 1 trauma center.


One hundred forty-one eligible patients with 141 fractures (Orthopaedic Trauma Association type 31-A1, n = 28; A2, n = 75; and A3, n = 38 cases) were randomized to the IFFRD (n = 73) or TT (n = 68) group.


The IFFRD was used while the patient was placed on a normal radiolucent operation table with 25–30 degrees elevation of the injured side to allow for antero-posterior and lateral fluoroscopic examination and facilitate entry-point guide wire insertion.

Main Outcome Measures:

Patient demographics, operative and fluoroscopy duration, quality of fracture reduction, and radiological bone union time were recorded.


Patient demographics were similar between groups. Duration of patient positioning was longer in the TT group (P < 0.05); duration of fluoroscopy, fracture reduction, and time to union were comparable.


An IFFRD used with a normal radiolucent operation table decreased patient positioning time, with efficacy comparable to the TT approach for closed reduction of trochanteric fractures.

Level of Evidence:

Therapeutic Level I. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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