Resurfacing of the femoral head with fresh osteochondral allografts. Long-term results

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1985 Jul-Aug:(197):111-4.


Twenty-five fresh osteochondral allografts were transplanted in 21 patients. All except one were for avascular necrosis with segmental collapse of the femoral head. One transplant was in a hip with a Pipkin II fracture-dislocation. Most of the failures were in hips of patients receiving systemic steroid therapy. There was an 80% rate of success in non-steroid-treated patients. The allograft resurfacing procedure seems to be a successful intermediate alternative operation in young patients with avascular necrosis and segmental collapse of the head of the femur.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bone Transplantation*
  • Cartilage, Articular / transplantation*
  • Female
  • Femur Head Necrosis / surgery*
  • Hip Dislocation / complications
  • Hip Dislocation / surgery
  • Hip Fractures / complications
  • Hip Fractures / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Transplantation, Homologous