Central European Journal of Medicine

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 207–213 | Cite as

Primary total hip arthroplasty for displaced intracapsular fracture of the femoral neck: Medium-term functional and radiographic outcomes

  • Valér Džupa
  • Pavel Pazdírek
  • Vladimír Pacovský
  • Jan Bartoníček
  • Jiří Skála-Rosenbaum
Research Article


The number of complications after primary total hip arthroplasty for displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck is higher than that after operations for osteoarthritis. The aim of this study is to evaluate the number of complications and mid-term functional and radiological findings of patients after primary THA for displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck. Between 1995 and 1998, we operated on a total of 89 patients for acute displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck, i.e. Garden Type 3 and 4. In all the patients we evaluated intraoperative and early postoperative complications. We reviewed clinical and radiological results in 65 patients. The only intraoperative complication was abruption of the greater trochanter. Early postoperative complications occurred in 13 patients (15%). The specific complications, THA dislocation, occurred in 3 patients. Non-specific complications were recorded in 10 patients. No delayed healing of the surgical wound, neural lesion or early, delayed or late infection was recorded. Of 65 patients followed-up for an average of 78 months (range, 62–109 months), 8 patients underwent revision surgery. Of 57 patients with primary THA, very good and good clinical results according to the Harris Hip Score were recorded in 48 patients (84%) and poor results in only 2 patients (4%). Nine of 57 followed-up patients showed radiological signs of loosening (16%). The radiolucent line could be seen in 3 patients in the region of the cup, in 1 patient in the region of the femoral component and in 5 patients in both components. Clinical complaints that would result in indication for reimplantation were recorded in none of the mentioned patients. Number of complications, functional results and resumption of full self-reliance by patients after THA for an intracapsular fracture of the femoral neck are so positive that we consider the indication of THA for a displaced femoral neck fracture fully justified.


Displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck Primary total hip arthroplasty Mid-term functional and radiographic results 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valér Džupa
    • 1
  • Pavel Pazdírek
    • 1
  • Vladimír Pacovský
    • 1
  • Jan Bartoníček
    • 1
  • Jiří Skála-Rosenbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics, 3rd Faculty of MedicineCharles University and University Hospital Královské VinohradyPragueCzech Republic

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