Published: 2017-12-22

The role of primary cemented total hip arthroplasty in the management of fractures of the neck of femur in the elderly population

Yeshwanth Subash, Jagadeesh B., Ravikrishna R., Prabhu Manickam


Background: Femoral neck fractures are common injuries in the elderly population and are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The aim of surgical intervention in these elderly patients is to restore them to the pre-fracture status as rapidly as possible. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of total hip arthroplasty as a primary option in the management of these fractures and to compare the results with studies of other authors as available in literature.

Methods: 45 patients with femoral neck fractures treated with cemented total hip arthroplasty were studied from January 2011 to January 2013 and were followed up for a minimum period of two years.

Results: There were 18 males and 27 females ranging from 60 to 75 years of age. Mean age was 64.6 years. Majority (80%) of the fractures were completely displaced, Garden type 4 fractures followed by type 3 in 20% of cases. The most common mode of injury was a simple slip and fall. Excellent results were seen in 17 patients, good results in 24 patients and fair results in 4 patients. No poor results were seen.

Conclusions: Cemented total hip arthroplasty is a very useful procedure for the primary treatment of femoral neck fractures in elderly patients. This procedure markedly improves the functional status of the patients and gives good functional results.


Neck of femur, Gardens type, Total hip, Harris score

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