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Fractures of the proximal femur are one of the greatest challenges facing the medical community, constituting a heavy socioeconomic burden worldwide. Controversy exists regarding the optimal treatment for independent patients with displaced intracapsular fractures of the proximal femur. The recognised alternatives are hemiarthroplasty and total hip replacement. At present there is no established standard of care, with both types of arthroplasty being used in many centres. The principal advantages of total hip replacement are a functional benefit over hemiarthroplasty and a reduced risk of revision surgery. The principal criticism is the increased risk of dislocation. We believe that an alternative acetabular component may reduce the risk of dislocation but still provide the functional benefit of total hip replacement in these patients. We therefore propose to investigate the dislocation risk of a dual-mobility acetabular component compared with standard polyethylene component in total hip replacement for independent patients with displaced intracapsular fractures of the proximal femur within the framework of the larger WHiTE (Warwick Hip Trauma Evaluation) Comprehensive Cohort Study. Cite this article: Bone Joint Res 2013;2:210-13.

Original publication

DOI

10.1302/2046-3758.210.2000186

Type

Journal article

Journal

Bone & joint research

Publication Date

01/2013

Volume

2

Pages

210 - 213

Addresses

Warwick Orthopaedics, Warwick MedicalSchool, University of Warwick, CoventryCV4 7AL, UK, and UniversityHospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, CliffordBridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, UK.