Pelvic reconstruction for massive acetabular insufficiency

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 May:(434):217-21. doi: 10.1097/01.blo.0000155077.44851.45.


Joint reconstruction for pelvic discontinuity because of massive acetabular insufficiency presents a significant surgical challenge. Using retrograde-inserted Steinmann pins to rebuild the dome may be associated with early implant failure because of insufficient mechanical stability and neurovascular injury resulting from pin misplacement. Retrograde pins cannot be placed completely across the pelvic defect. We hypothesized that large Steinmann pins placed anterograde under direct vision from the iliac crest completely across the acetabular column and floor defects would minimize the risk of early failure, and could be placed safely without the use of fluoroscopy in combination with a posterior hip approach. The purpose of our study was to review the mechanical failure and complication rates of nine patients (10 hips) treated between 1996 and 2002 for pelvic discontinuity using this pin placement technique to reinforce a cemented roof ring hip reconstruction done via a posterior approach. None of the patients had implant loosening or failure, there were no neurovascular complications, and no perioperative deaths. One patient required cup revision for recurrent dislocation. All patients were bedridden or wheelchair-bound before surgery, but regained independent household walking by 6 weeks postoperatively. Reinforcing the acetabulum with a lattice girder of anterograde pins provides safe and effective hip reconstruction.

MeSH terms

  • Acetabulum / diagnostic imaging
  • Acetabulum / pathology
  • Acetabulum / surgery*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bone Cements
  • Bone Nails
  • Bone Plates*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / instrumentation*
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / methods
  • Fracture Healing / physiology
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / mortality
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / surgery*
  • Hip Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Fractures / mortality
  • Hip Fractures / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteolysis / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteolysis / pathology
  • Osteolysis / surgery
  • Pelvic Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Pelvic Bones / pathology
  • Pelvic Bones / surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sampling Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Survival Rate


  • Bone Cements