Drain entrapment and titanium to ceramic head deposition: two unique complications following closed reduction of a dislocated total hip arthroplasty.
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.
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Luchetti, W. T., Copley, L. A., Vresilovic, E. J., Black, J., & Steinberg, M. E. (1998). Drain entrapment and titanium to ceramic head deposition: two unique complications following closed reduction of a dislocated total hip arthroplasty. The Journal of arthroplasty, 13(6), 713–717. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0883-5403(98)80018-1
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery