Posted: 5/12/2022

Distal Femur: Nail, Plate, or Both?

Video Description

Distal femur fractures present several challenges for the treating orthopedic surgeon. Metaphyseal comminution, a short articular segment, poor-quality bone, mismatch between anatomic axis and mechanical axis of the femur, and presence of arthroplasty implants can all make stable, durable fixation difficult to achieve. In this webinar, we will discuss the role of single implants and combination of implants to help facilitate the decision-making process and improve your patient’s outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this webinar, learners should be able to:

• Discuss optimal fixation constructs for distal femur fractures
• Distinguish clinical indications for plating, nailing, and combined fixation constructs in distal femur fractures
• Develop a step wise approach for nail-plate combination in distal femur fractures.

Derek Donegan, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Scolaro, MD, MA
Associate Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Irvine
Orange, California

Matthew Garner, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania


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