Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 2012 - Volume 470 - Issue 8 - p 2235–2243 doi: 10.1007/s11999-012-2293-8 Survey

Total Hip Arthroplasty Versus Hemiarthroplasty for Displaced Femoral Neck Fractures: Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials

Yu, Ligang, MM1; Wang, Yan, MD1; Chen, Jiying, MD1, a
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Background Most patients with displaced femoral neck fractures are treated by THA and hemiarthroplasty, but it remains uncertain which if either is associated with better function and lower risks of complications.

 

Questions/purposes We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to determine whether THA was associated with lower rates of reoperations, mortality, complications, and better function compared with hemiarthroplasty.

 

Methods We searched the PubMed, Embase, Chinese Biomedicine Literature, and Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials databases and identified 12 RCTs (including a total of 1320 patients) for meta-analysis. Risk ratios (RRs) and weighted mean differences (WMDs) from each trial were pooled using random-effects or fixed-effects models depending on the heterogeneity of the included studies.

 

Results THA was associated with a lower risk of subsequent reoperations compared with hemiarthroplasty (RR = 0.53; 95% CI, 0.34-0.84). There was no difference in mortality between patients undergoing THA and hemiarthroplasty (RR = 0.81; 95% CI, 0.60-1.09). For complications, there was a higher risk of dislocation in patients undergoing THA (RR = 1.99; 95% CI, 1.26-3.15), but there were no differences in local infections (RR = 1.60; 95% CI, 0.74-3.46) and general complications (RR = 1.15; 95% CI, 0.91-1.45). Patients with THA had higher Harris hip scores at 1 year (WMD = 3.81; 95% CI, 0.87-6.74) and at 3 or 4 years (WMD = 10.07; 95% CI, 6.92-13.21).

 

Conclusions Despite more dislocations, THA can benefit patients with displaced femoral neck fractures with a lower reoperation rate and higher functional scores.


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