Orthopedics and Traumatology

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 232–243 | Cite as

Intramedullary gamma nail fixation

A new technique for stable fixation of fractures of the trochanteric region
  • Gernot Asche
  • Helga Asche


Surgical Principles

Fractures of the neck of the femur and of the trochanteric region are typical injuries of the elderly. Stable fixation of these fractures can be obtained using a special intramedullary nail known as the gamma nail. This device permits immediate full weightbearing [1–3]. It has been evolved, from the Küntscher Y nail [4], by Grosse (Strasbourg), in conjunction with Howmedica.

Key Words

Femoral neck fracture Nailing Trochanteric region fractures Surgical technique 


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© Urban & Vogel Medical Periodicals 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gernot Asche
    • 1
  • Helga Asche
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryFreudenstadt District HospitalFreudenstadtGermany

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