From October 1968 to December 1971 a total of 101 McKee-Farrar and 128 Charnley prostheses were used to replace the hips of 201 patients treated in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. The operations were performed using standard prostheses and the technics described by the originators with only slight modifications.
This is a short-term study with follow-up from 1 to 4 years. It is an attempt to compare the two types of prostheses in comparable patient groups to define the indications, technical requirements and complications when these procedures arc performed in a teaching unit concerned with orthopedic training.
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