International Orthopaedics

, Volume 42, Issue 7, pp 1567–1573 | Cite as

Minimally invasive treatment for osteonecrosis of the femoral head with angioconductive bioceramic rod

  • Yajie Lu
  • Xiao Lu
  • Minghui Li
  • Xiantao Chen
  • Youwen Liu
  • Xianfa Feng
  • Jinwei Yu
  • Chengquan Zhang
  • Dongsheng Niu
  • Siqun Wang
  • Zhen Wang
  • Jianxi Lu
Original Paper



To describe the rationale, the surgical technique, and the short-term follow-up results of a new minimally invasive treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) with an angioconductive bioceramic rod (ABR) implant.


Sixty-two patients (72 hips) with ARCO stage IIA-IIIC ONFH treated with the minimally invasive ABR from January 2012 to December 2016 were reviewed (17 females, 45 males, mean age 44.49). This technique used the angioconductive properties of the porous implant to repair the necrosis by driving vascularization from the trochanter to the necrotic area. Patients had a mean follow-up period of 26.74 months. The outcomes were evaluated by hip joint survival, radiograph, and the Harris Hip Score (HHS). The complications occurred during the treatment period were recorded.


No serious post-operative complications occurred during the treatment. The overall joint survival rate was 90.27%, with seven conversions to THA. Improvements were observed in 23 (31.95%) hips, 24 (33.33%) hips remained stable, and 25 (34.72%) hips had worse results according to the radiographic evaluation. The mean HHS at the end follow-up significantly improved compared to the pre-operative mean HHS (82.27 vs 58.14, p < 0.001). In both radiographic evaluation and HHS, the treatment was more effective on patients beneath 44 years old (p < 0.05); ARCO stage II compared to stage III (p < 0.05); and China-Japan Friendship Hospital (CJFH) type C compared to CJFH type L (p < 0.05).


The minimally invasive treatment of ONFH with ABR showed promising results in delaying or even terminating the progression of the necrosis and improving hip function, especially in younger patients and in the early stages of the disease.


Osteonecrosis Femoral head Hip-preserving Bioceramics Angioconduction 


Funding information

This study was supported by the Shanghai Technology Innovation project (No. 15441902800).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yajie Lu
    • 1
  • Xiao Lu
    • 2
  • Minghui Li
    • 1
  • Xiantao Chen
    • 3
  • Youwen Liu
    • 3
  • Xianfa Feng
    • 4
  • Jinwei Yu
    • 5
  • Chengquan Zhang
    • 6
  • Dongsheng Niu
    • 7
  • Siqun Wang
    • 8
  • Zhen Wang
    • 1
  • Jianxi Lu
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics, Xijing HospitalThe Air Force Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Luoyang Orthopedic Hospital of Henan ProvinceLuoyangChina
  4. 4.Central Hospital of Songyuan CitySongyuanChina
  5. 5.Second People’s Hospital of Jiaozuo CityJiaozuoChina
  6. 6.Central Hospital of Hanzhong CityHanzhongChina
  7. 7.Ningxia People’s HospitalYinchuanChina
  8. 8.Huashan Hospital of Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  9. 9.Shanghai Bio-lu Biomaterials Co., Ltd.ShanghaiChina

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