Stepped osteotomy of the trochanter for stable, anatomic refixation

Bastian, Johannes D.; Wolf, AT; Wyss, TF; Nötzli, HP (2009). Stepped osteotomy of the trochanter for stable, anatomic refixation. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 467(3), pp. 732-8. Heidelberg: Springer 10.1007/s11999-008-0649-x

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Refixation of a trochanteric osteotomy carries a high complication rate. To enhance stability and facilitate anatomic reduction of the trochanteric fragment, we have introduced a stepped osteotomy. Between April 2006 and June 2007, we performed surgical hip dislocations using the modified trochanteric osteotomy combined with a relatively aggressive rehabilitation program. Full weightbearing was allowed at a mean of 42 days (range, 33-54 days). The minimum followup was 8 months (median, 13 months; range, 8-24 months). Postoperative radiographs were assessed prospectively for consolidation or the appearance of malreduction/nonunion/malunion of the osteotomy and heterotopic ossification. In 110 of 113 hips, the trochanteric osteotomy healed in the anatomic position. Two patients had a trochanteric delayed union with loss of anatomic position, and one additional patient underwent revision surgery for a pseudarthrosis and cranial migration of the trochanteric fragment. All three complications related to healing occurred in the first 60 patients when the step height was 3 to 4 mm. After increasing the step heights to 6 mm, we observed no healing complications. Despite more aggressive postoperative mobilization, the incidence of malunion or nonunion related to the new stepped osteotomy is low and approaches zero for steps of 6 mm. It is now our technique of choice.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Bastian, Johannes Dominik


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04 Oct 2013 15:09

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