Internal fixation implants for intracapsular hip fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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There were no major differences in patient survival or complications related to the operation, using different implants for internal fixation of intracapsular hip fractures, from the available evidence within randomised trials.

Numerous different implants with screws, pins and side plates have been used for the internal fixation of intracapsular (close to the hip joint) hip fractures. Implants are used to stabilise the bone during healing thereby reducing the chance of the bones slipping out of line. They consist of either screws or pins and may have an additional side plate attached, which is fixed to the bone. This review aimed to determine which implant is superior for the internal fixation of intracapsular proximal femoral fractures.