Salvage hip arthroplasty after failed fixation of proximal femur fractures

Alexander M. DeHaan, Tahnee Groat, Michael Priddy, Thomas J. Ellis, Paul J. Duwelius, Darin M. Friess, Amer J. Mirza

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We reviewed 46 patients who underwent salvage hip arthroplasty (SHA) for revision of failed cannulated screws (CS), sliding hip screws (SHS), or intramedullary nails (IMN). The primary objective was to determine differences in operative difficulty. SHA after failed femoral neck fixation was associated with lower intra-operative demands than after failed peri-trochanteric fractures. Similarly, analysis by the index implant found that conversion arthroplasty after failed CSs was associated with lower intra-operative morbidity than failed SHSs or IMNs; differences between SHS and IMN were not as clear. Importantly, intra-operative data in cases of failed SHSs were similar regardless of the original fracture type, showing the device played a larger role than the fracture pattern. Complications and revision surgery rates were similar regardless of fracture type or fixation device. Our results suggest that operative demands and subsequent patient morbidity are more dependent on the index device than the fracture pattern during SHA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-859
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2013


  • Conversion hip arthroplasty
  • Failed internal fixation
  • Hip fracture
  • Proximal femur fracture
  • Revision hip arthroplasty
  • Salvage hip arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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