External fixation may be indicated for a variety of traumatic and reconstructive conditions involving the femur. Regardless of underlying pathology and type of external fixator used, fixator placement requires a clear understanding of the unique skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy of the femur. In this review, we outline the principles of safe and effective placement of external fixation for the femur. By following these guidelines regarding femur anatomy and alignment, proper pin-insertion techniques, and aftercare, surgeons should be able to obtain satisfactory results for the majority of appropriately selected patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)|
|State||Published - May 2005|
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