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Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Jan;47(1):85-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.08.011.

Management of Distal Femur Fractures in Adults: An Overview of Options.

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1
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, PPHP2, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA. Electronic address: anup.gangavalli@gmail.com.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, PPHP2, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA.

Abstract

Surgical treatment of periarticular and intra-articular fractures of the distal femur pose a significant challenge to the orthopedic surgeon. The primary goal of surgical treatment remains: restoration of the articular surface to the femoral shaft, while maintaining enough stability and alignment to enable early range of motion and rehabilitation. With appropriate surgical planning, these injuries can be managed with a variety of methods and techniques, while taking into account patients' functional goals, fracture characteristics, health comorbidities, bone quality, and risk of malunion and nonunion.

KEYWORDS:

Adult; Distal femur; Femur fracture; Options; Supracondylar; Trauma

PMID:
26614924
DOI:
10.1016/j.ocl.2015.08.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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