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Chevron Osteotomy and Single Wire Reattachment of the Greater Trochanter in Primary and Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

Berry, Daniel J., M.D.; Müller, Maurice E., M.D.

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®: September 1993 - Volume 294 - Issue - p 155–161

Even at a medical center where hip arthroplasty is performed routinely without trochanteric osteotomy, selected arthroplasties still require greater trochanteric osteotomy. A technique of greater trochanteric biplane osteotomy and reattachment with one wire is described. The technique provides maximum stability with a minimum of internal fixation and it can be performed quickly. The postoperative rehabilitation protocol is the same as that used in hip arthroplasty patients without trochanteric osteotomy. Results with a minimum two-year follow-up period disclosed osseous union in 98% of 53 primary arthroplasties and 97% of 74 revision hip arthroplasties. Problems related to the greater trochanter necessitated reoperation in only two patients: one for reattachment of a migrated trochanter and one for trochanteric wire removal.

From the Mayo Clinic/Mayo Foundation. Rochester, Minnesota.

© 1993 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins LWW