Distal Femur Extraarticular fracture, avulsion

Open reduction internal fixation (ORIF); lag screw(s)

ORIF - lag screws

Indication summary: Displaced fracture

Skill: Some specialized surgical experience
Equipment: Simple surgical and imaging resources

Indications

  • Displaced fractures
  • Young active patient
  • Additional derangement of the knee

Contraindication

  • Patient unfit for surgery

Advantages

  • Fracture stabilization allows early patient mobilization
  • Allows for examination under anesthesia of the knee

Disadvantages

  • Surgical scarring
  • Risk of infection

Legend

*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

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