Author(s): Marti RK, Schller HM, Raaymakers EL
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Abstract We report a series of 50 patients under 70 years of age who had an ununited femoral neck fracture treated by a Pauwels abduction osteotomy. At an average follow-up of 7.1 years, seven patients had required prosthetic replacement and 37 others were reviewed in detail. In these patients the Harris hip score averaged 91. Twenty-two hips showed radiographic evidence of avascular femoral head necrosis, but only three of these had been replaced. For active patients with non-union of a femoral neck fracture, Pauwels osteotomy provides a high proportion of good results even in the presence of avascular necrosis of the head, providing there has been no collapse. If osteotomy fails, prosthetic replacement is still possible.
This article was published in J Bone Joint Surg Br
and referenced in Orthopedic & Muscular System: Current Research