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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-163

Ambulatory Treatment Of Fractures Of The Shaft Of Femur By Nailing And By Thigh Lacer



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R Bhalla


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Twenty cases of femoral shaft fractures were treated with intramedullary nailing (Group I) and an equal number with thigh lacer (Group II). Functional recovery at the time of union in both the groups was similar. In group I,2 patients developed infection and loosening of nail while one did not unite; while in Group II 2 patients each had significant shortening and varus deformity. There was no case of nonunion in Group II. Transverse fractures without end to end reduction which were ideal for nailing did exceedingly well with thigh lacer. The thigh lacer method, which is free from anaesthetic and operative hazards as well as major complications like infection, can be practiced in smaller set up but needs a lot of cooperation from the patient and involvement of the treating doctor.


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