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Technique for Core Decompression

Aaron, Roy K. M.D.

Section Editor(s): Aaron, Roy K. M.D.

Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head: Tips and Pearls

Many techniques exist for the performance of core decompression of the femoral head, and many surgeons have reported good results with a variety of techniques. The technique described here uses equipment available to all orthopaedic surgeons. Using a guide pin for initial placement, the position of the core tract can be precisely controlled and its placement can be optimized.

From the Department of Orthopaedics, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Roy K. Aaron, MD, Department of Orthopaedics, 100 Butler Drive, Providence, RI 02906.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.