SURGICAL OUTCOME OF DISTAL FEMORAL FRACTURES TREATED WITH LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE- A PROSPECTIVE STUDY
Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
BACKGROUND Distal femoral fractures of femur are one of the most challenging injuries to treat. Because of the proximity of these fractures to the knee joint, regaining full knee motion and function may be difficult. Closed management of these distal femoral fractures thus poses difficulties in obtaining and maintaining the reduction making operative management the preferred treatment. Hence the aim of the study is to analyze the short-term results in terms of union and functional outcome for
... ional outcome for distal femoral fractures treated with distal femoral locking compression plating. METHODS This is a prospective study conducted in the with a sample size of 50 cases based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. RESULTS The total number of patients was 50 with 30 males and 20 females. The youngest age in our study was 19 and the oldest age is 65. Modes of injury were-40 cases due to RTA, 6 cases due to accidental fall and 4 case due to fall of heavy object. The average months of follow up were 10. 6 months with longest of 23 months and shortest of 3 months. Average time to union was 18 weeks with a range from 10 weeks to 36 weeks. Mean range of motion was 0⁰-106.8⁰. Using the HSS scoring system, 72% had good to excellent results. CONCLUSIONS In our study, the results are encouraging with 72% of the patients having good to excellent results. Therefore, locking compression plate has a significant advantage with excellent results in treating distal femoral fractures. However, accurate positioning and fixation are required to produce satisfactory results. KEY WORDS LCP, Distal Femoral Fractures, HSS, Mullers AO-ASIF Classification HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Isaac J, Krishna V, Sowmiya KR. Surgical outcome of distal femoral fractures treated with locking compression plate-a prospective study.