A new technique of subtrochanteric shortening in total hip arthroplasty: surgical technique and results of 9 cases.

Abstract

Total hip arthroplasty for severe chronic proximal femoral migration, most commonly seen in congenital dislocation of the hip, has been associated with high rates of complications. A new technique of femoral subtrochanteric shortening osteotomy with the prosthesis in situ is described. This technique minimizes the potential complications, allows for correction of severe femoral neck anteversion, and gives excellent rotational stability, while preserving the proximal femur for better press-fit cementless fixation. In this series, there were 9 cases: 6 women and 2 men with a mean age of 53 years (range, 26-77 years). The average follow-up period was 56 months (range, 6-86 months). The mean preoperative Harris Hip Score was 31 (range, 20-35), and the mean postoperative score was 81 (range, 60-98). At follow-up, all patients reported significant pain relief and functional improvement. All osteotomies appeared to be healed on radiographs by 12 weeks. There were 3 complications. The first complication was a recurrent dislocation resulting from muscle incompetence, which was revised using a constrained liner and a 32-mm head with no further dislocations. The second complication was a breach of the femoral shaft, which was treated operatively using a longer stem. The third complication was a proximal femoral shaft split, which was treated by leaving the cerclage wire in situ. This technique should be considered in cases of congenital dislocation of the hip and when femoral shortening is needed.

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@article{Bruce2000ANT, title={A new technique of subtrochanteric shortening in total hip arthroplasty: surgical technique and results of 9 cases.}, author={Warwick James Bruce and S M Rizkallah and Yong - Moo Kwon and Jerome A Goldberg and W. R. Walsh}, journal={The Journal of arthroplasty}, year={2000}, volume={15 5}, pages={617-26} }