Prior Nail Fixation May Increase Complication Risk at Conversion

Converting a hip fracture to THA may be safer when plate and screws are used

Peter Pollack

Data presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons suggest that using a cephalomedullary nail (CMN) for fixation of an intertrochanteric hip fracture may increase the risk of complications during conversion total hip arthroplasty (THA), compared to prior fixation with sliding hip screw and side plate (SHS) devices.

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