Current management of posterior wall fractures of the acetabulum

Berton R. Moed, Philip J. Kregor, Mark C. Reilly, Michael D. Stover, Mark S. Vrahas

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The general goals for treating an acetabular fracture are to restore congruity and stability of the hip joint. These goals are no different from those for the subset of fractures of the posterior wall. Nevertheless, posterior wall fractures present unique problems compared with other types of acetabular fractures. Successful treatment of these fractures depends on a multitude of factors. The physician must understand their distinctive radiologic features, in conjunction with patient factors, to determine the appropriate treatment. By knowing the important points of posterior surgical approaches to the hip, particularly the posterior wall, specific techniques can be used for fracture reduction and fixation in these often challenging fractures. In addition, it is important to develop a complete grasp of potential complications and their treatment. The evaluation and treatment protocols initially developed by Letournel and Judet continue to be important; however, the surgeon also should be aware of new information published and presented in the past decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-159
Number of pages21
JournalInstructional course lectures
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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