Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research ®

A Publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons ®

Symposium: Femoral Fractures: Contemporary Treatment Approaches 2 articles


Assessing Leg Length After Fixation of Comminuted Femur Fractures

Dolfi Herscovici DO, Julia M. Scaduto ARNP

Nailing comminuted femur fractures may result in leg shortening, producing significant complications including pelvic tilt, narrowing of the hip joint space, mechanical and functional changes in gait, an increase in energy expenditures, and strains on spinal ligaments, leading to spinal deformities. The frequency of this complication in patients managed with an intramedullary (IM) nail for comminuted diaphyseal fractures is unknown.