Minimally invasive dynamic hip screw for intertrochanteric fractures: comparison with conventional method and surgical tips


  • Kandarp Vidyarthi OrthoPlus Clinic, Main Jharsa Road, Gurgaon
  • Siddhartha Venkata Paluvadi Orthopaedics, Peoples College of Medical Sciences and Research, Bhanpur, Bhopal
  • Abhinav Sinha Hardinge Medical College and RML Hospital



Intertrochanteric fracture, DHS, MIDHS, Stable fracture, BMI


Background: Intertrochantric fractures of the proximal femur are one of the most common injuries of the elderly. Prolonged duration and peroperative blood loss in this elderly frail population is one of the major problems in using the DHS. We performed minimally invasive DHS (MIDHS) implantation for such patients and compared results with conventional technique, hypothesising better perioperative outcomes.

Methods: We operated upon 30 cases as the case group from June 2013 to August 2016 with this technique. Patients older than 60 years of age with BMI less than 25 with stable AO type fractures which were easily reducible without sag of the distal fragment were included. In a control group 30 patients who had their hip fracture fixed with a DHS placed through the conventional approach were included. These groups were matched for sex, age, ASA grade and fracture type according to the AO classification. All surgeries were performed within 3 weeks of injury. We studied the patients in terms of time taken for surgery, peroperative blood loss, postoperative pain scores, need for analgesics and improvement in postoperative mobilization and rehabilitation by HHS.

Results: Blood loss, duration of surgery and average pain score were significantly lower (p <0.0001) for MIDHS group due to a smaller incision and less muscle dissection. The HHS was also significantly better at 10 days in the MIDHS group.

Conclusions: Minimally invasive DHS is a simple and effective technique for fixation of intertrochantric fractures, especially in elderly, with reduced operative time, blood loss and postoperative pain scores leading to a more effective postoperative rehabilitation.


Author Biography

Kandarp Vidyarthi, OrthoPlus Clinic, Main Jharsa Road, Gurgaon

orthopaedics, senior resident


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