IM Rodding Femur
An intramedullary (IM) rod can be used to realign and stabilize the femur after a fracture. It is one of the most common treatments for a femur shaft fracture and involves reconnecting the two ends of the bone and holding them in place with the metal rod. The rod is held in place with screws placed above and below the fracture.
The IM rod works together with the bone to help support the weight of the body, allowing patients to resume movement and activity of the leg much faster than with other treatments. Patients may experience pain and other symptoms at the insertion site, which may require the rod to be removed through a second procedure. But for most patients, IM rods can remain in the femur forever to provide long-term support.