The sliding hip screw

Seth D. Dodds, Michael R. Baumgaertner

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Purpose of review: The sliding hip screw has been the orthopaedic surgeon's implant of choice for repairing intertrochanteric femur fractures for nearly 30 years. This fixed-angled construct allows for dynamic fracture compression during the postoperative period for most (but not all) intertrochanteric fracture patterns. The successful patient outcomes achieved with the sliding hip screw have made this device the gold standard in intertrochanteric fracture management. Recent findings: Advances in hip fracture surgery with respect to the sliding hip screw are highlighted, focusing on appropriate implant selection, operative technique, and clinical outcomes. The theoretic advantages of new hip screw devices are also detailed. Summary: Despite innovative theoretic developments, the sliding hip screw and side plate continue to be the implant of choice for stable intertrochanteric hip fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic hip screw
  • Hip fracture
  • Intertrochanteric fracture
  • Sliding hip screw
  • Tip-apex distance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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