International Orthopaedics December 2015, Volume 39, Issue 12, pp 2315–2321

The effect of femoral neck osteotomy on femoral component position of a primary cementless total hip arthroplasty

Dimitriou, D., Tsai, TY. & Kwon, YM.


The aim of this study was to quantify the femoral canal diameter and version at different femoral neck osteotomy locations, and to investigate the effect of the osteotomy plane on femoral component position in total hip arthroplasty (THA).


Preoperative and postoperative three-dimensional models were reconstructed in 15 patients (19 hips) who underwent primary cementless THA with tapered non-anatomical femoral stem. On the pre-operative models, the osteotomy plane was simulated at different levels (−5, 0, 5, and 10 mm from the femoral saddle [piriformis fossa]) and angles (30, 40, 50, and 60° from the femoral anatomical axis). Medullary canal version and mediolateral diameter were measured on the osteotomy surfaces. On the postoperative models, the femoral neck osteotomy plane, stem anteversion and alignment were measured.


The average canal diameter ranged from 22.8 to 26.3 mm at different osteotomy levels and from 20.8 to 29.0 mm at different osteotomy angles. The average canal version ranged from 11.4 to 23.2° at different resection levels and from 12.8 to 21° at different resection angles. The femoral stem anteversion was correlated with neck osteotomy angle (R = 0.72), whereas stem alignment in frontal plane (varus/valgus) was correlated with neck osteotomy level (R = 0.87).


The femoral neck osteotomy plane in THA affects the postoperative stem position due to the complex morphology of the proximal femoral medullary canal, suggesting that both femoral neck resection level and angle should be considered in optimizing femoral component alignment in THA patients.

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