Hip Fracture Surgery

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Evolution of Hip Fracture Surgery

Performing a total femur replacement is essentially performing a total hip replacement and total knee replacement at the same time followed by connecting the two components through an adjustable, modular stem. However, a total femur replacement requires significantly longer operating time than most other revision arthroplasty surgeries. This increases the risk of wound contamination and subsequent development of infection.

Patients should expect a notable incision from their hip extending to below their knee. Excessive dissection is required to remove the underlying femur; however some osseous components may be left in place in order to facilitate prosthesis incorporation.

Flap coverage may be required for adequate soft tissue coverage of the total femur implant. Patients should be aware that skin or muscle tissue from other areas of their body may be utilized.

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