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ISRN Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 794218, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Total Hip Arthroplasty with Bulk Femoral Head Autograft for Acetabular Reconstruction in Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital Obrero No. 1, La Paz, Bolivia
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, North Shore Hospital, Auckland 0740, New Zealand

Received 26 June 2013; Accepted 4 August 2013

Academic Editors: G. Babis, A. Panagopoulos, and E. Steinberg

Copyright © 2013 Fernando Claros Pizarro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Developmental hip dysplasia (DDH) presents considerable technical challenges to the primary arthroplasty surgeon. Autogenous bulk grafting using the femoral head has been utilised to achieve anatomic cup placement and superolateral bone coverage in these patients, but reported outcomes on this technique have been mixed with the lack of graft integration and subsequent collapse, an early cause of failures. We describe a novel technique combining the use of bulk autograft with an iliac osteotomy, which provides primary stability and direct cancellous-cancellous bone contact, optimising the environment for early osseointegration. Twenty-one hips in 21 patients with DDH underwent this technique and were followed for a mean of 8.1 years. The preoperative radiographic classification was Crowe type I in 12 hips (57%), type II in 4 hips, and type III in 5 hips, and the mean Sharp angle was 49.6° (range 42°–60°). All grafts united by year. At time of followup, there was no radiographic evidence of graft collapse or loosening. There were no reoperations. Our study has shown that this technique variation combining an iliac osteotomy with bulk autograft in cases of developmental hip dysplasia provides early stability and reliable graft incorporation, together with satisfactory clinical and radiological outcomes in the medium term. Longer term study is necessary to confirm the clinical success of this procedure.