A surgical procedure performed to repair a broken femur bone. The location of the break will determine whether the repair is done with a plate and screws or a rod introduced into the bone canal (intramedullary nail).
Plate and screw fixation: An incision is made to expose the broken bone. The bone fragments are then brought into alignment and fit with a metal plate and screws to keep them stable while they heal together.
Intramedullary nailing: An incision is made to access the end of the bone. A hole is drilled through the bone to the medullary canal. The bone is brought into alignment and a metal rod is placed in the canal. The rod is secured with screws placed under X-ray guidance.