Extended trochanteric osteotomy for the treatment of vancouver B2/B3 periprosthetic fractures of the femur

J Arthroplasty. 2008 Jun;23(4):527-33. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2007.05.046. Epub 2008 Feb 20.


Periprosthetic femur fractures after total hip arthroplasty are a growing concern as their prevalence is expected to rise. A retrospective review was performed of all patients undergoing revision total hip arthroplasty with an extended trochanteric osteotomy (ETO) for treatment of a Vancouver B2/B3 fracture at our institution. Fourteen patients were identified having a minimum of 2-year follow-up. Clinical and radiographic evaluation was performed for all patients. At a mean 44.5 months of follow-up, mean modified D'Aubigne and Postel scores were 8.6. In all cases the ETO and fracture healed with radiographic evidence of osseointegration of the femoral component. Use of an ETO for the treatment of periprosthetic femur fractures provides excellent exposure, facilitates component implantation, and is compatible with fracture healing and good short-term clinical results.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Femur / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Healing / physiology
  • Hip Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Fractures / surgery*
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osseointegration / physiology
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure*
  • Radiography
  • Reoperation
  • Retrospective Studies