Intramedullary Lengthening Nails in Adults: Review of Uses, Techniques, and Complications

Daniel Degenova, Scott Hyland, John Schrock, Anthony Melaragno, Benjamin C. Taylor


Distraction osteogenesis is a reliable method for lengthening, deformity correction, and treatment of non-unions, malunions, and bone defects. Fully implantable motorized intramedullary nails provide several advantages over the classically used external fixators, including improved patient comfort, reduced treatment time, and reduction in complications. The purpose of this article is to review the uses, techniques, and complications of motorized intramedullary nails in adults.


Intramedullary lengthening nail; Bone transport; Limb lengthening; Bone defect

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