Retrograde Femoral Nailing Using Percutaneous Reduction Techniques

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Femoral shaft fractures are commonly treated with closed reduction and reamed intramedullary nailing. However, some reductions are difficult to obtain or maintain, especially in muscular or large patients. When closed methods fail to achieve reduction, percutaneous techniques are extremely useful. In addition, the use of either permanent or temporarily placed blocking implants offer a minimally invasive option for improving sagittal and coronal plane alignment. In the accompanying video, we describe our method of percutaneous reduction techniques in the setting of a comminuted femoral shaft fracture treated with a retrograde femoral intramedullary nail.

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