Open Reduction Is Associated With Greater Hazard of Early Reoperation After Internal Fixation of Displaced Femoral Neck Fractures in Adults 18-65 Years

Joseph T. Patterson, Keisuke Ishii, Paul Tornetta, Ross K. Leighton, Darin M. Friess, Clifford B. Jones, Ari Levine, Jeffrey J. MacLean, Theodore Miclau, Brian H. Mullis, William T. Obremskey, Robert F. Ostrum, J. Spence Reid, John A. Ruder, Anas Saleh, Andrew H. Schmidt, David C. Teague, Antonios Tsismenakis, Jerald R. Westberg, Saam Morshed

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Objectives:To determine (1) which factors are associated with the choice to perform an open reduction and (2) by adjusting for these factors, if the choice of reduction method is associated with reoperation.Design:Retrospective cohort study with radiograph and chart review.Setting:Twelve Level 1 North American trauma centers.Patients:Two hundred thirty-four adults 18-65 years of age with an isolated, displaced, OTA/AO type 31-B2 or type 31-B3 femoral neck fracture treated with internal fixation with minimum of 6-month follow-up or reoperation. Exclusion criteria were pathologic fractures, associated femoral head or shaft fractures, and primary arthroplasty.Intervention:Open or closed reduction technique during internal fixation.Main outcome:Cox proportional hazard of reoperation adjusting for propensity score for open reduction based on injury, demographic, and medical factors. Reduction quality was assessed by 3 senior orthopaedic traumatologists as "acceptable" or "unacceptable" on AP and lateral postoperative radiographs.Results:Median follow-up was 1.5 years. One hundred six (45%) patients underwent open reduction. Reduction quality was not significantly affected by open versus closed approach (71% vs. 69% acceptable, P = 0.378). The propensity to receive an open reduction was associated with study center; younger age; male sex; no history of injection drug use, osteoporosis, or cerebrovascular disease; transcervical fracture location; posterior fracture comminution; and surgery within 12 hours. A total of 35 (33%) versus 28 (22%) reoperations occurred after open versus closed reduction (P = 0.056). Open reduction was associated with a 2.4-fold greater propensity-adjusted hazard of reoperation (95% confidence interval 1.3-4.4, P = 0.004). A total of 35 (15%) patients underwent subsequent total hip arthroplasty or hemiarthroplasty.Conclusions:Open reduction of displaced femoral neck fractures in nonelderly adults is associated with a greater hazard of reoperation without significantly improving reduction. Prospective randomized trials are indicated to confirm a causative effect of open versus closed reduction on outcomes after femoral neck fracture.Level of Evidence:Therapeutic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • adult
  • avascular necrosis
  • complications
  • displaced
  • femoral neck fracture
  • malunion
  • nonunion
  • outcomes
  • reoperation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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