Internal fixation of intracapsular fractures of the hip using a dynamic locking plate

Two-year follow-up of 320 patients

  1. M. Parker, MBChB, FRCSEd, MD, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon1 Author Profile;
  2. S. Cawley, RGN, Orthopaedic Research Nurse1; and
  3. V. Palial, MBChB, MRCS, Orthopaedic Registrar1 Author Profile

+Author Affiliations

  1. 1Peterborough and Stamford Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Orthopaedics, Peterborough City Hospital, CBU PO Box 211, Core C, Bretton Gate, Peterborough PE3 9GZ, UK.
  1. Correspondence should be sent to Dr M. J. Parker; e-mail:


A consecutive series of 320 patients with an intracapsular fracture of the hip treated with a dynamic locking plate (Targon Femoral Neck (TFN)) were reviewed. All surviving patients were followed for a minimum of two years. During the follow-up period 109 patients died.

There were 112 undisplaced fractures, of which three (2.7%) developed nonunion or re-displacement and five (4.5%) developed avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Revision to an arthroplasty was required for five patients (4.5%). A further six patients (5.4%) had elective removal of the plate and screws.

There were 208 displaced fractures, of which 32 (15.4%) developed nonunion or re-displacement and 23 (11.1%) developed avascular necrosis. A further four patients (1.9%) developed a secondary fracture around the TFN. Revision to a hip replacement was required for 43 patients (20.7%) patients and a further seven (3.3%) had elective removal of the plate and screws.

It is suggested that the stronger distal fixation combined with rotational stability may lead to a reduced incidence of complications related to the healing of the fracture when compared with other contemporary fixation devices but this needs to be confirmed in further studies.

Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2013;95-B:1402–5.


  • The author or one or more of the authors have received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article. In addition, benefits have been or will be directed to a research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other non-profit organisation with which one or more of the authors are associated.

    This article was primary edited by D. Rowley and first-proof edited by J. Scott.

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