Motorized intramedullary nail for management of limb-length discrepancy and deformity

S. Robert Rozbruch, John G. Birch, Mark T. Dahl, John E. Herzenberg

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Distraction osteogenesis has been used for more than 50 years to address limb-length discrepancy and deformity. Intramedullary fixation has been used in conjunction with external fixation to decrease the time in the external fixator and prevent deformity and refracture. A new generation of motorized intramedullary nails is now available to treat limb-length discrepancy and deformity. These nails provide bone fragment stabilization and lengthening with reliable remote-controlled mechanisms, obviating the need for external fixation. Motorized intramedullary nails allow accurate, well-controlled distraction, and early clinical results have been positive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-409
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


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