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Orthop Surg. 2011 May;3(2):83-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1757-7861.2011.00124.x.

Management of femoral diaphyseal nonunion after nailing with augmentative locked plating and bone graft.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Shanghai First People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China. gaokanda@sina.com.cn

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Exchange nailing (EN) for aseptic femoral shaft nonunion is currently a standard orthopaedic treatment modality. However, according to recent studies there is occasionally a high failure rate when EN is used. In the present study, augmentative locked plating and bone graft was used as an alternative method for treating such cases. The purpose of this study was to report the treatment outcomes of selected femoral diaphyseal nonunions that had initially been treated by nailing.

METHODS:

Thirteen patients with femoral diaphyseal nonunions underwent revision surgery with locked plate and bone graft. The inclusion criteria were: (a) nonisthmic nonunion; (b) atrophic/oligotrophic nonunion. All patients were managed by augmentative locked plating and bone graft.

RESULTS:

All patients were followed up for a mean of 1.2 years (range, 1-2 years). After revision surgery all nonunions achieved bony union, the average union time being 7.5 months (range, 6-12 months). No major complications were observed in this case series.

CONCLUSION:

Augmentative locked plating is an effective and simple technique for treatment of femoral diaphyseal nonunion after nailing in selected cases.

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