Journal article

Subtrochanteric fracture: The effect of cerclage wire on fracture reduction and outcome

Wayne Hoskins, Roger Bingham, Sam Joseph, Danny Liew, David Love, Andrew Bucknill, Andrew Oppy, Xavier Griffin

Injury | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Subtrochanteric neck of femur fractures are a challenge to treat due to anatomical and biomechanical factors. Poor reduction, varus deformity, nonunion and return to theatre risks are high. A cerclage wire can augment an intramedullary nail to help fracture reduction and construct stability. Concerns exist regarding the use of cerclage wire on fracture zone vascularity. The aim of this study was to assess the benefits and adverse outcomes associated with the use of cerclage wiring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 7-year retrospective review of all subtrochanteric fractures at a Level 1 trauma centre was performed. Pathological fractures, those associated with bisphosphonate use and seg..

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