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VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 2 ( May-August, 2019 ) > List of Articles


All Internal Bone Transport: Use of a Lengthening Nail and Double Plating for Management of Femoral Bone Loss

Jonathan Wright, Peter Bates, Nima Heidari, Alexandros Vris

Keywords : Bone loss, Bone transport, Femur, Lengthening nail

Citation Information : Wright J, Bates P, Heidari N, Vris A. All Internal Bone Transport: Use of a Lengthening Nail and Double Plating for Management of Femoral Bone Loss. 2019; 14 (2):94-101.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10080-1431

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Background: A variety of techniques for management of segmental femoral bone loss have been described, each with different advantages and challenges during treatment. The development of motorized lengthening nails has provided a potential for all internal bone transport, avoiding some of the difficulties with external fixation in the femur. At present, there is a limited published literature on experiences in this technique. Aim: The development of this technique aimed to overcome the difficulties previously reported for internal bone transport in the femur, particularly varus deformity and joint stiffness. Technique: We describe the technique of double plating with bone transport utilizing a magnetic lengthening nail to manage segmental femoral bone loss. The benefits of the technique are discussed, along with specific challenges and lessons that have been learned through experience of internal bone transport. Conclusion: Use of a magnetic lengthening nail and double plating as a method of all internal bone transport provides an option for the management of massive femoral bone loss, while avoiding some of the challenges that have been reported with the existing techniques. Clinical significance: This technique provides an additional method in the armamentarium of the trauma or limb reconstruction surgeon treating massive femoral bone loss.

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