We determined the effect of the surgical approach on perfusion of the femoral head during hip resurfacing arthroplasty by measuring the concentration of cefuroxime in bone samples from the femoral head. A total of 20 operations were performed through either a transgluteal or an extended posterolateral approach. The concentration of cefuroxime in bone was significantly greater when using the transgluteal approach (mean 15.7 mg/kg; 95% confidence interval 12.3 to 19.1) compared with that using the posterolateral approach (mean 5.6 mg/kg; 95% confidence interval 3.5 to 7.8; p <0.001). In one patient, who had the operation through a posterolateral approach, cefuroxime was undetectable. Using cefuroxime as an indirect measure of blood flow, the posterolateral approach was found to be associated with a significant reduction in the blood supply to the femoral head during resurfacing arthroplasty compared with the transgluteal approach.
|Translated title of the contribution||The effect of surgical approach on blood flow to the femoral head during resurfacing|
|Pages (from-to)||21 - 25|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|