Extramedullary fixation implants and external fixators for extracapsular hip fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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Sliding Hip Screws (SHS) appear to be preferable for fixation of hip fractures in adults, given the markedly increased fixation failure rate of fixed nail plates.

Extramedullary fixation of hip fractures involves the application of a plate and screws to the lateral side of the proximal femur. In external fixators, the stabilising component is held outside the thigh by pins or screws driven into the bone. This review compared different types of extramedullary fixation implants and external fixators for fixing extracapsular hip fracture in adults.