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VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 2 ( August, 2016 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Femoral locking plate failure salvaged with hexapod circular external fixation: a report of two cases

Nando Ferreira, L. C. Marais

Keywords : Locking plate, Non-union, Hexapod, Circular external fixator, Reconstruction

Citation Information : Ferreira N, Marais LC. Femoral locking plate failure salvaged with hexapod circular external fixation: a report of two cases. 2016; 11 (2):123-127.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-016-0254-6

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Femoral non-unions are difficult to treat even for the experienced orthopaedic trauma surgeon. If the non-union follows failure of modern stable internal fixation, the complexity of the management is further increased. We report two cases of stiff hypertrophic femoral non-unions after failed locking plate fixation that were successfully treated with a new hexapod circular external fixator. In addition to providing the necessary stability for functional rehabilitation and union, the hexapod circular fixator software allows gradual correction of deformities in order to restore the normal mechanical alignment of the limb.

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