Hip replacement after acetabular fractures
An acetabular fracture refers to a broken hip socket. It results after road traffic or domestic accidents. Mostly young people are involved. The initial treatment consists of internal fixation. When this fails, hip arthritis results. This is called secondary osteo-arthritis. Acetabular fractures are a leading cause of hip arthritis in young people.
The head of the femur ( ball) also develops avascular necrosis. When arthritic pain ensues, hip replacement becomes necessary. Total hip replacement has been the standard treatment. It can address the concerns of shortening. We have introduced short stem hip replacements as an option. This has the advantage of preserving bone stock. As these patients are young, they may require a redo operation later. Hence it is preferable to use durable implants & preserve bone.
Hip replacement in these patients is technically difficult and is best done by surgeons with lot of experience in acetabular fractures and arthroplasty.
We demonstrate few cases here. These patients underwent hip replacement. Uncemented or cementless implants were used. Bone grafting was done. Please refer to the PDF link.http://www.scribd.com/doc/106726026/Hip-Replacement-in-neglected-Acetabular-fractures for more information.
In our series, both conventional and short stem hip replacements have been used. Uncemented or cementless hip arthroplasty was preferred.
Bone grafting has been done in two cases. A variety of bearings were used. These were ceramic on metal, ceramic on ceramic, metal on poly. Hard bearings are preferable in these young patients as they can last longer. All patients regained pain free mobility, restored limb length within three months after surgery. View the testimonial of one of these patients http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sHz1du5po8&list=HL1348421100&feature=mh_lolz. Nigerian patients’ testimonial are here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttPCrYe40z8 and here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMF4yedykVw
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