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Antegrade nailing (trochanteric)

Antegrade nailing femoral shaft – trochanteric entry point – Skin incision

If in doubt whether to make the incision ten or fifteen cm proximal to the tip of the greater trochanter (eg, in an obese patient), the correct entry point may be assessed with a K-wire and the AP view of the hip.

In cases of morbid obesity, it may be necessary to make the incision even further proximally (up to 20 cm (lower skin line)).