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Reversed gamma-nail: preliminary results of a new intramedullary implant.

Authors
  • Kuis, W
  • de Ridder, V A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Injury
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1993
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
253–256
Identifiers
PMID: 8325684
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Preliminary results of treatment with the reversed gamma-nail, an experimental intramedullary device for fixation of supracondylar fractures, are presented. The reversed gamma-nail was used 11 times; six in primary supracondylar fracture treatment, five in revision surgery of a supracondylar non-union or pseudarthrosis. Three consolidated fractures and six complications were noticed at a mean follow-up of 9 months. General results were moderate but slightly better in primary fracture treatment. The reversed gamma-nail has a limited indication; primary treatment of a supracondylar extra-articular fracture in elderly patients is probably the best one. The osteosynthesis method and implant deserve further development.

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