Pre-operative templating for trauma hemiarthroplasty (Thompson's)

J Orthop. 2015 May 29;12(4):248-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2015.05.005. eCollection 2015 Dec.


Introduction: Surgical complications may be avoided by preoperative templating in trauma hemiarthroplasty.

Materials and methods: Digital templates for the Stryker™ range of Thompson's prostheses were created and fifty trauma patients that had undergone cemented hemiarthroplasty were retrospectively templated by 2 blinded surgeons.

Results: Templating for prosthesis size was highly accurate with excellent Inter and intra-observer reproducibility. Sensitivity for identifying femoral canals too narrow for a Thompsons was 100%.

Conclusions: Templating is a valuable tool and should be standard practice in trauma. We have demonstrated that it is possible to generate custom templates to allow accurate templating.

Keywords: Hemiarthroplasty; Hip fracture; Neck of femur; Templating; Thompsons.