The following study was conducted to examine the short term clinical and radiological results particularly early complications and healing rate of distal femur fracture treated with distal femur LCP.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in patients treated for distal femur fracture (type A, B & C – AO classification) at Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya from month of Nov 2015 to Oct 2017. Forty distal femur fracture patients in this study, were fixed with DF-LCP with Bone grafting where the distal femur fractures were associated with extensive bone loss. Patients’ age ranged from 18 to 80 years with mean of 49.
Results: The sample consisted forty patients, 23 were males and 17 females. The patients’ ages ranged from 18 - 80 years with mean of 49 years. The causes of fractures were motor vehicle accident in 26 patients and fall in 14 patients. 27 fractures involved the right side and 13 involved the left. The average hospitalization was 15 days with a range of 10 to 20 days. The average number of days from injury to surgery was 5 days with a range of 02 to 07 days. Functional outcome was rated as per NEER’S RATING SCORE, we got excellent results in 18 cases, good in 14, fair in 06 and poor in 02 patients.
Conclusion: The distal femur LCP with accurate positioning and fixation is a good implant to use for fracture of distal femur. We recommend use of this implant in Type A, B, C and osteoporotic fractures with satisfactory results. In our study, we found excellent results in type C and osteoporotic fractures, however, long term studies are needed to prove definitively acceptable outcomes so that this technique can become part in the armamentarium of the orthopedic trauma surgeon.