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

Original Article

Percutaneous rotational osteotomy of the femur utilizing an intramedullary rod

P. M. Stevens, Christian J. Gaffney, Heather Fillerup

Keywords : Anteversion, Retroversion, Femoral osteotomy, Intramedullary rod, Osseous necrosis

Citation Information : Stevens PM, Gaffney CJ, Fillerup H. Percutaneous rotational osteotomy of the femur utilizing an intramedullary rod. 2016; 11 (2):129-134.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-016-0257-3

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2014

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


The purpose is to describe the technique and report the results and complications of percutaneous femoral rotational osteotomy, secured with a trochanteric-entry, locked intramedullary rod, in adolescents with femoral anteversion. Our series comprised an IRB approved, retrospective, consecutive series of 85 osteotomies (57 patients), followed to implant removal. The average age at surgery was 13.3 years (range 8.8–18.3) with a female-to-male ratio of 2.8:1. The minimum follow-up was 2 years. Eighty-three osteotomies healed primarily. Two patients, subsequently found to have vitamin D deficiency, broke screws and developed nonunions; both healed after repeat reaming and rod exchange and vitamin supplementation. Preoperative symptoms, including in-toeing gait, tripping and anterior knee pain or patellar instability, were resolved consistently. We did not observe significant growth disturbance or osteonecrosis. We noted a 12.5 % incidence of broken interlocking screws; this did not affect the correction or outcome except for the two patients mentioned above. This prompted a switch from a standard screw (core diameter = 3 mm) to a threaded bolt (core diameter = 3.7 mm). These results have led this technique to replace the use of plates or blade plates for rotational osteotomies.

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