A technique for removing a fractured interlocking tibial nail

T. W. Dugdale, G. G. Degnan, M. J. Bosse, C. M. Reinert

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The reported incidence of implant failure following reamed intramedullary tibial fixation is low. When necessary, retrieval of failed tibial nail segments is best performed in a closed fashion in order to avoid the delayed healing and increased risk of infection that may result from exposure of the tibial fracture site. A method to facilitate closed removal of the distal segment of a failed tibial nail is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


  • Implant failure
  • Interlocking tibial nail
  • Tibia fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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