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J Arthroplasty. 2011 Feb;26(2):338.e21-3. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2009.12.005. Epub 2010 Mar 4.

Intrapelvic displacement of a trial femoral head during total hip arthroplasty and a method to retrieve it.

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  • 1Division of Arthroplasty, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.


We describe a technique to retrieve a dislodged femoral trial during total hip arthroplasty. During a revision total hip arthroplasty performed through a direct lateral approach, the femoral trial head was dislodged deep into the pelvis, superior and anterior to the hip joint and behind the anterior pelvic rim. This was retrieved via a posterior approach through the same incision by manipulating the trial head through the pelvis from the anterior to posterior direction. To our knowledge, this technique has not been described previously.

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