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Orthopedics. 2013 Sep;36(9):693-6. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20130821-04.

Conversion hemiarthroplasty and valgus osteotomy after failed ORIF of hip intertrochanteric fractures.


Hip arthroplasty after open reduction and internal fixation of the proximal femur presents a challenge to reconstructive surgeons. Bony defects, fracture malunion, and non-union increase the risk of complications, including intraoperative fracture, unrecognized perforation, and trochanteric non-union. The authors describe a novel surgical technique using conversion hemiarthroplasty and valgus osteotomy for failed open reduction and internal fixation of intertrochanteric hip fractures. The described surgical technique resulted in trochanteric advancement and preservation of the bone stock in the intertrochanteric region. This technique was successful in eliminating pain and restoring ambulation and abductor function and resulted in stable ingrowth and healing in these patients.

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