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J Arthroplasty. 1999 Dec;14(8):964-8.

The natural history of a posteriorly dislocated total hip replacement.

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Center for Hip and Knee Surgery, Orthopaedics Indianapolis, Inc, Mooresville, Indiana 46158, USA.


A retrospective review was conducted to delineate the natural history of the posteriorly dislocated total hip replacement. A total of 1,036 consecutive total hip replacements were performed between 1989 and 1992. Forty (3.9%) were known to have dislocated posteriorly. Twenty-four of these dislocations occurred after primary replacements, and 16 occurred after revision. Eighty-five percent of the dislocations occurred within 2 months and were reduced closed. No statistical differences were noted between these 2 groups with respect to height, weight, sex, age, and femoral and acetabular anteversion. Nonunion of the greater trochanter, modular femoral neck length, and operative approach appeared to affect hip stability. Twenty-three of the 40 dislocated hips (57.5%) redislocated. Sixteen of the 40 hips (40%) required reoperation for recurrent dislocation. Thirteen of the 16 revisions (81.3%) were successful. A dislocated total hip replacement that has been rendered stable does not preclude one from having a successful total hip replacement, and it does not appear to affect survivorship at intermediate follow-up.

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