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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2020 September;71(3):124-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0394-3410.20.03966-1

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Mechanical complications of hip spacers

Alessandro RAVA 1 , Alessandro MASSÈ 1, Anna PALAZZOLO 1, Gabriele COLÒ 2, Giuseppe R. TALESA 3, Massimo GIRARDO 4

1 Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology, Orthopedic and Trauma Center, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; 2 Clinic of Orthopedics, San Martino University Hospital IRCCS, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; 3 Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Perugia, Italy; 4 Unit of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology, Orthopedic and Trauma Center, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Turin, Italy



Antibiotic impregnated hip spacers are popular nowadays and represents the gold standard for treating periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). Although providing excellent results in resolving infection, antibiotic impregnated hip spacers are subject to risks, including mechanical failure, spacer’s dislocation, fracture and periprosthetic femoral fractures. In this review, we reviewed the last 10 years literature to valuate the rate of mechanical failures and complications related to spacers use.


KEY WORDS: Infections; Prostheses and implants; Prosthesis-related infections; Arthroplasty, replacement, hip; Hip dislocation

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