Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 2008 - Volume 466 - Issue 8 - p 1954-1958 doi: 10.1007/s11999-008-0292-6

Femoral Shortening During Hip Arthroplasty Through a Modified Lateral Approach

Delimar, Domagoj1; Bicanic, Goran1,a; Korzinek, Kresimir1

We describe a modification of the direct lateral approach to the hip that provides excellent femoral and acetabular exposure and an easy way to shorten the proximal femur and equalize leg length. The approach also is useful for lower extremity elongation while preserving muscle continuity and minimizing postoperative complications. The exact amount of shortening can be calculated and planned preoperatively and measured and corrected intraoperatively if necessary. It avoids the necessity for osteotomies of the trochanter and transverse cuts or detachment of abductor muscles.


Level of Evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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