Trochanteric fixation using a third-generation cable device--minimum follow-up of 3 years

J Arthroplasty. 2012 Mar;27(3):477-81. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2011.06.032. Epub 2011 Sep 9.


Third-generation trochanteric fixation cable systems are designed to overcome implant breakage, nonunion, and bony escape. The study prospectively assessed the functional and radiologic outcomes using such an implant. Forty-seven trochanteric fixations in 46 patients were performed over 4 years at 2 institutions using the Accord Cable Plate system (Smith and Nephew, Memphis, Tenn). Serial evaluation at a mean follow-up of 57 months demonstrated that the mean Harris hip scores improved from 52.3 preoperatively to 88.2 postoperatively (P < .001), and the mean pain score improved from 6.2 to 2.3, respectively (P < .001). No cable breakage, fretting, or fraying occurred. There were 2 cases of nonunion. A third-generation cable system appears to improve upon early-generation implants and provide favorable outcomes for reattachment of a trochanteric fragment in a variety of clinical scenarios.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / instrumentation*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Femur / surgery*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Time Factors