Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 28–31 | Cite as

The role of radiotherapy for prevention of heterotopic ossification after major hip surgery

  • Francisco José Andreu Martínez
  • Julia María Martínez Mateu
  • Vicente Tormo Ferrero
REVIEW

Heterotopic ossification or ectopic bone formation represents a widely known complication after surgery involving joint spaces. Posttraumatic heterotopic ossification can be found at any site. The most common postsurgical site is the hip following total hip arthroplasty.

This review explores the treatment options to prevent ectopic bone formation after major surgery of hip, especially, the role of radiotherapy.

Key words

Benign diseases Heterotopic ossification Ectopic bone formation Total hip arthroplasty Radiotherapy 

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco José Andreu Martínez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julia María Martínez Mateu
    • 1
  • Vicente Tormo Ferrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Servicio de Oncologia RadioterápicaHospital Universitari Sant Joan. Sant Joan d'AlacantAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.Oncología RadioterápicaUniversitari Sant JoanSant Joan d'Alacant, AlicanteSpain

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