Primary Bateman-Leinbach bipolar prosthetic replacement of the hip in the treatment of unstable intertrochanteric fractures in the elderly

S. F. Harwin, R. E. Stern, R. G. Kulick

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The results of primary Bateman-Leinbach bipolar prosthetic replacement for comminuted intertrochanteric fractures of the hip in the elderly are examined. In an effort to avoid the postoperative complications seen in open reduction and internal fixation of severely comminuted fractures with osteoporotic bone, and to avoid postoperative restrictions when fixation is suboptimal, a group of 58 patients were treated with a bipolar Bateman-Leinbach prosthesis. They were followed for an average of 28 months. Surgery was performed using an anterolateral approach, which is recommended. A detailed description of the surgical approach and operative technique are provided. Eighty-eight percent of patients were able to ambulate within the first week, weight bearing as tolerated with no postoperative restrictions, except for a simple abduction pillow for 2 weeks while in bed. Ninety-one percent of patients ambulated prior to discharge. Morbidity and mortality was no greater in this group treated by open reduction and internal fixation for these types of fractures. Complications were few. Primary Bateman-Leinbach bipolar prosthetic replacement is recommended as the preferred treatment of selected unstable comminuted intertrochanteric fractures in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1136
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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