JOURNAL ARTICLE

Pre-operative templating for trauma hemiarthroplasty (Thompson's)

Robert Nicholas Green, Paul R P Rushton, Derek Kramer, Dominic Inman, Paul F Partington
Journal of Orthopaedics 2015, 12 (4): 248-52
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INTRODUCTION: Surgical complications may be avoided by preoperative templating in trauma hemiarthroplasty.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Digital templates for the Stryker™ range of Thompson's prostheses were created and fifty trauma patients that had undergone cemented hemiarthroplasty were retrospectively templated by 2 blinded surgeons.

RESULTS: Templating for prosthesis size was highly accurate with excellent Inter and intra-observer reproducibility. Sensitivity for identifying femoral canals too narrow for a Thompsons was 100%.

CONCLUSIONS: Templating is a valuable tool and should be standard practice in trauma. We have demonstrated that it is possible to generate custom templates to allow accurate templating.

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