1. A series of patients with 523 anterior and posterior dislocations of the hip joint was studied, and the end results of 264 dislocations with a minimum follow-up period of two years were analyzed. Results were evaluated according to the patient's complaints and disability and the appearance of the roentgenograms of the hip at the time of follow-up.
2. Factors which appear to modify the end results and the extent of disability are discussed.
3. Recommendations concerning postreduction management of the various types of traumatic hip dislocation are submitted.
4. Although the end results in the severe types of fracture-dislocation of the hip are disappointing, symptomatic complaints and existing disability are frequently less pronounced than the roentgenographic appearance of the hip would indicate. Conservatism in the application of secondary reconstructive procedures would seem desirable.
Madigan General Hospital, Tacoma, Washington