ACE Report #10157
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AAOS2018: Failure rate similar between immediate & touch down WB after fixing distal femur fracture

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

A Prospective Randomized Control Trial Comparing Immediate Weight-Bearing as Tolerated versus Touch Down Weight-Bearing in Extraarticular Supracondylar Distal Femur Fractures after Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

Contributing Authors: JC France DA Bravin DF Hubbard L Bravin MA Bramer

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31 patients who had undergone open reduction and internal fixation for an extraarticular, supracondylar distal femur fracture were randomized to either immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (WBAT) or a period of touch down weight-bearing (TDWB). Patients were assessed for the incidence of either catastrophic failure within 3 months or nonuion. Results demonstrated only one case of hardware failure...

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