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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 61-63

Managing intraoperative fatigue failure of proximal jig for interlocking nail – A case report and technical tip

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India
2 Consultant Orthopaedics, Singhal Nursing Home, Jaspur, Uttarakhand, India

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Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JODP.JODP_17_19

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Interlocking nails are widely used implants in the management of long-bone diaphyseal fractures. Interlocking nailing is an easy, predictable, and standard method owing to the presence of ancillary instruments and image intensifier. Proximal jigs help in guiding and inserting nail as well as its proximal locking. Intraoperative breakage of proximal jig may be an uncommon problem that is underreported in the literature. The creative use of variable unrelated instruments may prove instrumental to manage the complication and result in safe surgery. We describe one such uncommon intraoperative failure of proximal jig during femoral interlocking procedure and our experience in getting past the hurdle by an innovative solution.

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