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Technical Implementation of the Transfemoral Approach

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We prefer the transfemoral approach in a modified Wagner technique as an extended approach to femoral revision procedures. This technique is described in detail in this chapter, and the advantages and disadvantages of our technique compared to others are discussed. In our opinion, the transfemoral approach is indicated for the controlled removal of broken endoprosthetic stems, for the presence of significantly thinned bone at risk of fracture, for removal of a stable cement mantle or a partially fixed cementless prosthetic stem with a coarse, rough surface structure, and for revising infected, firmly seated total hip endoprostheses. It has the advantage of enabling adequate bony healing of the flap, avoiding unintentional fractures and perforations, protecting the vasto-gluteal sling and the gluteus medius muscle, saving time in difficult situations, and allowing bone remodeling of the femur induced by callus formation. Possible problems and the management of potential complications are also discussed in this chapter.

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  • Extended trochanteric osteotomy
  • Transfemoral approach
  • Double osteotomy
  • Transfemoral access

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Fink, B. (2022). Technical Implementation of the Transfemoral Approach. In: Femoral Revision Arthroplasty. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84821-7_15

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