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Online ISSN 1827-1707
96° CONGRESS OF THE PIEDMONTESE-LIGURIAN-LOMBARD SOCIETY OF ORTHOPEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY (SPLLOT) (Brescia, September 24-25, 1999)
BIOMATERIALS IN ORTOPEDICS: EXPECTATION AND CLINICAL PRACTICE
Conca M., Dalla Pria A., Rossetti F., Conca R., Borroni M.
Background. Treatment of upper extremity fracture is difficult but intramedullary nailing has partially solved the problem. Personal experience with Argopin nail is reported. It is titanium canulated unreamed nail dynamically locked.
Methods. From November 1996 until today, 29 patients have been treated with this method, and controlled with follow up of eleven months using both x-ray criteria and clinical criteria (HSS score and Stewart & Hundley schedule).
Results. The following results were obtained: 75% excellent, 20% good, 5% unsatisfactory (one shoulder impingement and one nail fracture). None of them occurred in pseudarthrosis or septic and or neuro-vascular complications.
Conclusions. Our personal opinion is that results of these studies are not to be considered as conclusive because of the few cases and short follow up, but they prove that ARGOPIN nail is a good system to treat shaft fractures of upper extremity.