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Techniques of Retrograde Intramedullary Nailing of the Femur

Ostrum, Robert F. MD

I TECHNIQUES OF FEMORAL INTRAMEDULLARY NAILING: TIPS AND PEARLS
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Summary Retrograde femoral nailing has gained popularity and its usage has increased. Clinical studies have demonstrated its efficacy and the lack of any serious knee effects. However, as with all new techniques, there is a learning curve and mistakes to be made and corrected. This paper focuses on the technique of retrograde femoral intramedullary nailing and stresses the integral aspects of the surgery that can lead to an optimal result.

From the Grant Medical Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Robert F. Ostrum, MD, 340 East Town Street, Suite 10-200, Columbus, Ohio 43215; e-mail: rostrum@ohiohealth.com.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.