Distal Femur (Thighbone) Fracture
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Distal Femur Fracture Information
The femur is the large bone located in the upper part of the leg. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), distal femur fractures most often occur either in older people whose bones are weak, or in younger people who have experienced a high energy injury, such as going through a car crash. In both the elderly and the young, the breaks can potentially extend into the knee joint and may shatter the bone into many pieces, which is what makes it so important to seek medical attention right away to ensure the situation isn’t worsened further than it already may be.
Different kinds of trauma can damage this bone, causing it to fracture into 2 or more pieces. This might happen to the part of the femur near your knee, near the middle of the femur, or in the part of the femur that forms part of your hip joint.
In certain types of femur fractures, your femur has broken, but its pieces still line up correctly. In other types of fractures (displaced fractures), the trauma moves the bone fragments out of alignment.
Femur Fracture Causes and Prevention Tips
Fractures of the distal femur most commonly occur in younger people and the elderly. Distal femur fractures in younger patients are usually caused by high energy injuries,, such as falls from significant heights or motor vehicle collisions. Because of the forceful nature of these fractures, many patients also have other additional injuries as well. Elderly people with distal femur fractures typically have poor bone quality, particularly so since as we age, our bone density is lessened, which makes our bones weak and extremely fragile. In the elderly, with a greatly reduced bone thickness, something as mild as simple trip or fall can cause a distal femur fracture. Fortunately though, these lower-force injuries usually don’t result in additional bodily injuries as opposed to the high-energy injury explained above.
The Surgery: What to Expect
Johns Hopkins Medicine describes what to expect for a fractured femur surgery starting by explaining how open reduction and internal fixation surgery works. The open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgical method is used to stabilize and eventually heal a broken bone. This procedure is a common way orthopedic surgeons treat broken thighbones.
An open reduction differs from a closed reduction in that a closed reduction is where your bones are physically moved back into place without surgically exposing your bone. Whereas an open reduction, your surgeon repositions your bones to put them back into proper alignment.
As for internal fixation, it is the method of reconnecting your bones using screws, wires, nails, rods or plates that your surgeon places inside your bones to ensure their proper placement, which fully prevents your bones from healing in an abnormal way at all.
For all of these surgical options listed above, all will take place while you’re asleep under general anesthesia to ensure the highest comfort possible for the patient.
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