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Revising Substantial Leg Length Discrepancy in Total Hip Arthroplasty Using Computer-assisted Navigated Systems: a Case Series of Three Patients

Dundon, J.M.; Mays, R.R.

Cureus 11(7): E5137

2019


ISSN/ISBN: 2168-8184
PMID: 31523566
Accession: 069341002

One of the primary challenges of total hip arthroplasty (THA) is equalizing the limb lengths to re-establishing normal hip biomechanics. Post-operative leg length discrepancies (LLD) lead to patient dissatisfaction and are a main source of orthopedic malpractice cases. The aim of this case series was to document three cases of substantial LLD that were corrected during THA with the assistance of an imageless computer navigation system. Medical records were reviewed for history and radiographs were consulted. All patients in this series presented with complaints related to hip fractures and reported a significant lengthening of leg length following THA. No surgical complications of adverse events were reported. In these cases, imageless navigation provided intraoperative measurements of leg length which allowed for enhanced accuracy of component placement and improved outcomes following surgery.

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