Radiographic templating of total hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fractures

Dror Lakstein, Ira Bachar, Ronen Debi, Omri Lubovsky, Ornit Cohen, Zachary Tan, Ehud Atoun

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of pre-operative digital templating to minimize complications including limb length discrepancy (LLD), intraoperative fractures and early dislocations in patients with intracapsular femoral neck fractures. Methods: We retrospectively compared 23 patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) for intracapsular femoral fractures with pre-operative digital templating and 48 patients without templating. Results: The mean post-operative LLD was significantly lower in patients who had pre-operative templating than in the control group (6.7 vs. 11.5 mm, p = 0.023). Only three patients (13 %) with templating had LLD greater than 1.5 cm, compared to the 15 patients (31 %) without templating (p = 0.17). In eight cases the final femoral stem size matched the templated size, while 19 patients were within two size increments. Complications included one dislocation and one intra-operative fracture in the control group. Conclusion: The present study demonstrated that careful pre-operative planning may reduce LLD in patients undergoing THA due to intracapsular hip fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-836
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Femoral neck fracture
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Pre-operative planning
  • Templating
  • Total hip arthroplasty


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