The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 27, Issue 2, 220 - 225

Results of Cemented Femoral Revisions for Periprosthetic Femoral Fractures in the Elderly

Corten, Kristoff et al.

The treatment goals of Vancouver type B2 periprosthetic femoral fractures in elderly patients with a limited life expectancy are early weight bearing without compromising the fracture healing. Thirty-one patients with a mean age of 82 years were treated with a long cemented stem with additional allograft or plate fixation, followed by immediate full weight bearing. Seven major complications occurred within the first 3 months postoperatively. Forty-three percent of patients had died within the first year with their implant in place. Sixteen patients had survived more than 1 year. None of the implants had to be revised at a mean follow-up of 46 months. The results of this series suggest that this technique can provide acceptable results and offers the advantages of reduced cost and early weight bearing.

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