European Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 103–109

Interprosthetic fractures—a challenge of treatment


    • BG Trauma Centre
  • Ulrich Stöckle
    • BG Trauma Centre
  • Florian Gebhard
    • Department of Trauma-, Hand- and Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Ulm
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12570-012-0139-1

Cite this article as:
Ochs, B.G., Stöckle, U. & Gebhard, F. Eur Orthop Traumatol (2013) 4: 103. doi:10.1007/s12570-012-0139-1


The incidence of periprosthetic femoral fractures rises continuously as both the number of hip and knee replacements and the life expectancy of the population are increasing. Likewise, interprosthetic femoral fractures, occurring between ipsilateral total hip and total knee arthroplasties, are an increasingly common and challenging problem. The majority of these fractures is localized at the femoral supracondylar region. Their treatment is not only technically demanding but also susceptible to complications. It has to be decided depending on the fracture type, surrounding bone stock, fracture localization, stability of the prosthesis, and the general condition of the often multimorbid patients whether osteosynthesis, revision of the prosthesis, or—when combined with periprosthetic infection—an amputation is indicated in the individual case. The modified Vancouver classification for interprosthetic femoral fractures was used for a systematic presentation of the indications, surgical techniques, and results.


Periprosthetic femoral fracturesVancouver classificationHip and knee replacements

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