The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 3, 605 - 608

Good Short-Term Outcome of Arthroplasty With Wagner SL Implants for Unstable Intertrochanteric Osteoporotic Fractures

Chu, Xiaobing et al.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiologic results of a consecutive series of Wagner SL arthroplasties in patients with unstable intertrochanteric osteoporotic fractures. Forty-seven consecutive arthroplasties for unstable intertrochanteric fractures using Wagner SL hip stems were studied. All patients had bone mineral density less than −2.5 SD. At average follow-up of 2.7 years, mean Harris Hip Scores were 89.4 (range, 65–100) and 87.7 (range, 57–100) for total hip arthroplasties and hemiarthroplasties, respectively. Twenty-one patients (53.8%) had excellent Harris Hip Scores (>90, 14 [35.9%]). Evidence of clinical and radiologic healing was first noted at a mean follow-up of 3.7 months (3–5 months). Wagner SL hip arthroplasties for unstable intertrochanteric osteoporotic fractures have favourable short-term clinical and radiological outcomes.

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