Plating no more invasive than nailing for distal femoral shaft fractures

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WAILEA, Hawaii – Plating remains the best option for comminuted, intra-articular distal femur fractures, according to a presenter at Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2012here.

“One can adapt the fixation to all fracture patterns, and there are no surprises. With new techniques, plating is no more invasive than nailing,” Andrew H. Schmidt, MD, said.

Although distal femur fractures are a relatively non-controversial injury with a well-understood fracture pattern, he said that questions remain about the defined operative indications, treatment principles and options. Research into the treatment of distal femoral fractures continues to evolve, Schmidt said, and there is limited evidence to base treatment choices.

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