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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 96-100

Primary cemented hemiarthroplasty for unstable intertrochanteric fractures in elderly: an intermediate follow-up

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Benha University, Benha, Egypt

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Ahmad S Allam
MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Benha University, Benha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-1148.145303

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Background Standard methods of internal fixation for comminuted or osteoporotic unstable intertrochanteric fractures in the elderly have a relatively high complication rate. This is because of the poor bone quality and prolonged immobilization periods needed to protect the construct until sound union occurs. Aim The aim of the work was to evaluate the results of primary cemented hemiarthroplasty in elderly patients with unstable osteoporotic intertrochanteric fractures. Patients and methods A total of 27 patients (all were above the age of 70 years) with unstable intertrochanteric fractures who were prospectively managed with primary cemented hip hemiarthroplasty were followed for an average of 4 years (range: 3.5-5.5). Harris hip score and patients' satisfaction were the evaluation criteria. Results According to the Harris hip score, 10 patients (37%) were graded as excellent, 12 patients (44.5%) as good, five patients as fair (18.5%), and no patients were graded as having poor end results. Total complications were 11 in number (0.4 complication/patient) with no major complications or operative mortality. Conclusion Primary cemented hemiarthroplasty in elderly's unstable intertrochanteric fractures is a successful procedure regarding early mobilization, functional results, and complication rate.

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