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Mechanical failures after fixation with proximal femoral nail and risk factors

Authors Koyuncu, Altay T, Kayalı C, Ozan F, Yamak K

Received 22 September 2015

Accepted for publication 20 November 2015

Published 17 December 2015 Volume 2015:10 Pages 1959—1965


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Şemmi Koyuncu,1 Taşkın Altay,2 Cemil Kayalı,2 Fırat Ozan,3 Kamil Yamak2

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Bayburt State Hospital, Bayburt, 2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, 3Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey

Background: This study aims at assessing the clinical results, radiographic findings, and associated complications after osteosynthesis of trochanteric hip fractures with proximal femoral nail (PFN).
Methods: A total of 152 patients with hip fractures who underwent osteosynthesis with PFN were included. The hip fracture types in the patients included in the study were classified according to the American Orthopedic/Orthopedic Trauma Association (AO/OTA). AO/OTA A1, A2, and A3 type fractures were found in 24 (15.8%), 107 (70.4%), and 21 (13.8%) patients, respectively. The Baumgaertner scale was used to assess the degree of postoperative reduction. The Salvati–Wilson hip function (SWS) scoring system was used to evaluate functional results. After a follow-up period, clinical and radiographic results were evaluated and complications were assessed. The relationship between the complications and SWS score, age, sex, fracture type, reduction quality, and time from the fracture to surgery was evaluated.
Results: Eighty-five (55.9%) female patients and 67 (44.1%) male patients were enrolled in the study. Seventy-nine (51.9%) patients had left hip fractures, and 73 (48.1%) had right hip fractures. The mean age was 76 (range 21–93) years, and the mean follow-up duration was 23.6 (range 7–49) months. Postoperatively, one patient (0.6%) had a poor reduction, 16 patients (10.5%) had an acceptable reduction, and 135 patients (88.9%) had a good reduction according to the above criteria. The SWS scores were excellent, good, moderate, and poor in 91 (59.8%), 45 (29.6%), 15 (9.8%), and one (0.6%) patients, respectively. Late postoperative complications were seen in 27 patients (17.7%). A total of 14 patients (9.2%) underwent a revision procedure for mechanical complications.
Conclusion: The study results suggest that the quality of fracture reduction is an important factor that affects the revision rate and SWS score in patients with mechanical complications after osteosynthesis with PFN for trochanteric fractures.

trochanteric hip fracture, proximal femoral nail, fracture reduction, complications, risk factors, intramedullary nail

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