Intramedullary Nailing Versus Plates for Femoral Shaft Fractures in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with Minimum 1-year Follow-up

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Investigator: David W. Shearer, MD
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

Location(s): Tanzania

Description

This is a prospective observational study of patients with femur fractures in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania comparing two different surgical techniques: intramedullary nailing (IMN) and open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) with a plate. The primary outcome is the rate of reoperation for any reason, and the secondary outcomes are fracture healing, return to work, and health-related quality-of-life. The investigators hypothesize that there will be a difference in the rate of reoperation for patients with femur fractures treated with an IMN compared to ORIF with a plate.