Do Modern Femoral Stems Break?
|Kevin McSorley*, John Galbraith, Derek Bennett and Rehan Gul|
|Department of Orthopaedics, Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown, Ireland|
|Corresponding Author :||Kevin McSorley
Department of Orthopaedics
Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received January 14, 2014; Accepted February 26, 2015; Published February 28, 2015|
|Citation: McSorley K, Galbraith J, Bennett D, Gul R (2015) Do Modern Femoral Stems Break? J Clin Case Rep 5:497. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000497|
|Copyright: © 2015 McSorley K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
In the 1960s and 70s hip arthroplasty was in its infancy. During that time the occurrence of post-operative prosthetic femoral stem fracture was much greater than it is today. However as stem design and materials evolved along with superior cement and cementing techniques, rates of femoral stem fracture radically decreased, at present it is considered a rarity. We present two cases of fractured prosthetic femoral stems, detail the method of failure and the risk factors all surgeons should be aware of to minimize the risk femoral stem fracture.