The primary treatment options for intertrochanteric hip fractures are a sliding hip screw (SHS) and an intramedullary device, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. The authors retrospectively compared all intertrochanteric hip fractures between 2003 and 2005 using a cephalomedullary nail--the trochanteric fixation nail (TFN)--to those using a SHS. Outcome measures included the following parameters: age, gender, fracture classification, operation time, blood loss, transfusions, complications, follow-up, length of stay, and hospital cost. A total of 95 patients were included in the study (51 SHS and 44 TFN). The two groups were similar in age (p = .52), blood loss (p = .20), follow-up (p = .13), length of stay (p = .63), and hospital costs (p = .70). The TFN procedure required shorter operative times (56.5 min, p < .004) and was used in more complex fracture patterns (p < .03). The SHS group had fewer blood transfusions (1.2 units, p < .0008). The SHS group had a higher complication rate of 19.6%, versus the TFN group's 11.4% rate (p = .13). The TFN is an appropriate and acceptable treatment method for intertrochanteric hip fractures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances|
|State||Published - 2007|
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