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The anterolateral approach leads to less disruption of the femoral head-neck blood supply than the posterior approach during hip resurfacing.
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PMID:  17957066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 12 patients, we measured the oxygen concentration in the femoral head-neck junction during hip resurfacing through the anterolateral approach. This was compared with previous measurements made for the posterior approach. For the anterolateral approach, the oxygen concentration was found to be highly dependent upon the position of the leg, which was adjusted during surgery to provide exposure to the acetabulum and femoral head. Gross external rotation of the hip gave a significant decrease in oxygenation of the femoral head. Straightening the limb led to recovery in oxygen concentration, indicating that the blood supply was maintained. The oxygen concentration at the end of the procedure was not significantly different from that at the start. The anterolateral approach appears to produce less disruption to the blood flow in the femoral head-neck junction than the posterior approach for patients undergoing hip resurfacing. This may be reflected subsequently in a lower incidence of fracture of the femoral neck and avascular necrosis.
R Steffen; K O'Rourke; H S Gill; D W Murray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0301-620X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-24     Completed Date:  2008-02-11     Revised Date:  2010-11-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375355     Medline TA:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1293-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Acetabulum / blood supply
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects,  instrumentation,  methods*
Femur / blood supply*
Middle Aged
Osteoarthritis, Hip / surgery*
Oxygen / blood*
Regional Blood Flow / physiology
Reoperation / methods
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