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Hip Frx: Screw Length



- Discussion:
    - screw should be placed in the central third of the femoral head between 5-12 mm from subchondral bone;
    - consider short barrel dynamic hip screw side plate when screw < 80 mm or shorter is inserted to maximize sliding capacity;
    - whether compression screw should be left in place is controversial, however, one should leave compression screw in place if short barrel plate is used, to prevetn disengagement of assembly;
    - there is increase in failure rate if tip of nail is > 12 mm from femoral head subchondral articular surface.
    - others argue that for best fixation, the nail should be advanced within 0.5 cm of the articular surface of the femoral head;

- Technical Considerations:
    - w/ 135 deg plate, typically a 95 mm screw is required;
    - determine correct length of lag screw w/ direct measuring gauge;
    - this measurement allows for 5 mm of compression
    - if more compression is desired, use a shorter screw;
    - screw 5 mm shorter permits 10 mm of compression;
    - if a shorter screw is used (for better compression) then compression screw must be left in place, so that scew barrel assembly does not become disengaged;
    - if screw sliding brings threads in contact w/ plate barrel, additional impaction will not occur & device becomes biomechanical equivalent of a rigid nail-plate;
    - use short-barrel dynamic hip screw sideplate when screw 80 mm or shorter is inserted to maximize available sliding capacity



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