Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: March 2008 - Volume 466 - Issue 3 - p 749-753 doi: 10.1007/s11999-007-0109-z

Superficial Femoral Artery Injury Resulting From Cerclage Wiring During Revision THA

Aleto, Thomas1,2; Ritter, Merrill, A.2; Berend, Michael, E.2,a

Vascular injuries around the hip are uncommon with hip arthroplasty. However, given the close proximity of the external iliac and femoral vessels to the hip, iatrogenic injury may occur. We describe a case of superficial femoral artery injury occurring during revision THA using an extended trochanteric osteotomy, bulk allograft, and cerclage wires. We review the available literature on vascular injury in hip arthroplasty and illustrate the great care necessary when placing cerclage wires and the importance of prompt recognition of these potentially devastating complications.

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