Salvage Treatment of Hip Fractures After Failure of Surgical Fixation: A Systematic Review

Abstract

Surgical fixation is generally the treatment used for the repair of uncomplicated fractures of the hip. However, complications following the fixation of such fractures, such as nonunion, hardware failure, osteonecrosis, posttraumatic osteoarthritis, and infection may require salvage treatment with total hip arthroplasty. This systematic review article addresses the challenges of conversion to total hip arthroplasty after prior fixation of a hip fracture, and provides recommendations for minimizing complications related to such conversion.

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