Author(s): Helfet DL, Ali A
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Abstract Periprosthetic fractures of the acetabulum after total hip arthroplasty are uncommon, but are increasing in number and severity. These fractures may occur intraoperatively, during the perioperative period, or many years after the total hip arthroplasty. Periprosthetic fractures of the acetabulum vary in severity and may involve stress fractures of the pubis or medial wall, significant bone loss secondary to osteolysis and subsequent loss of column integrity, or complete pelvic discontinuity. Treatment differs depending on the complexity of the fracture and the stability of the acetabular prosthesis. Surgical treatment for an unstable acetabulum should stabilize the bony columns of the acetabulum, provide bone grafting of defects, and should maintain adequate bone stock for replacement of a stable acetabular implant. Strict adherence to the principles of fracture surgery is required to achieve bony union of the acetabular columns and provide a stable environment for reimplantation of an acetabular component.
This article was published in Instr Course Lect
and referenced in Journal of Arthritis