Clinical Investigation

What is The Role of Primary Hip Hemiarthroplasty Over 70 Years of Age?

  • Murat BÜLBÜL
  • Semih AYANOĞLU
  • Volkan GÜRKAN
  • Kahraman ÖZTÜRK
  • Cem Zeki ESENYEL
  • Hakan GÜRBÜZ

Received Date: 21.11.2008 Accepted Date: 20.03.2009 Meandros Med Dent J 2009;10(2):15-17


We assessed importance of primary hip hemiarthroplasty in treatment algorithm. And we have evaluated patients treated with primary hip hemiarthroplasty for unstable intertrochanteric hip fractures according to morbidity rates.


In our clinic between 1995 and 2006; we selected 75 patients treated with primary hip hemiarthroplasty for intertrochanteric femur fracture (IFF). Mean follow-up was 44 months (20-82). Genders of patients were female 43% and male 32%. Numbers of affected hips were 45 right and 30 left. Patients were evaluated with Harris Hip Score.


Harris Hip Score of patients; Excellent 4, Good 54, Fair 9 and Poor 8 results were obtained. Seventyeight percent excellent to good results obtained primary hip hemiarthroplasty for unstable intertrochanteric femur fracture patients over 70 years of age.


There are advantages of primary hip hemiarthroplasty over osteosynthesis for patient's population over 70 years of age such as; short surgery time, no radiation exposure and immediate weight bearing. Primary hip hemiarthroplasty can be an alternative treatment for unstable intertrochanteric fractures in elderly patients so as to achieve earlier mobilization. It is also current and effective treatment option for most elderly.

Keywords: Intertrochanteric femur fractures, elderly, hip, hemiarthroplasty