Drain entrapment and titanium to ceramic head deposition: Two unique complications following closed reduction of a disclocated total hip arthroplasty

W. T. Luchetti, L. A. Copley, E. J. Vresilovic, J. Black, M. E. Steinberg

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Abstract

Postoperative dislocation remains one of the most frequent complications following total hip replacement. In this report, a case is presented that illustrates two potential concerns with postoperative dislocation and subsequent closed reduction. The first complication presented in this report is entrapment of a closed drainage system tube in the joint space following closed reduction. The second complication, transfer of metallic debris to a ceramic femoral head from contact with an acetabular shell during closed reduction, was documented by analysis of a femoral head using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry. This report emphasizes the need for the surgeon to express caution when relocating a dislocated hip, particularly when a closed drainage system is used postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-717
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Closed reduction
  • Drainage tube
  • Femoral head
  • Titanium
  • Total hip arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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