A Complication During Femoral Broaching in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Case Report

Wenzel Waldstein, Friedrich Boettner*
Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Division, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA

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Press-fit component fixation is one of the primary goals in uncemented total hip arthroplasty. When aiming at proximal load transfer, the stem size has to be selected with regard to the shape of the proximal femoral canal. This can be challenging in patients with ‘champagne flute’ femurs with a relatively narrow diaphysis, especially when a long stem femoral component is used. The present case report describes a complication during femoral broaching for a primary uncemented femoral component. Because of the narrow diaphysis, the distal portion of the broach got caught in the narrow canal and it became impossible to remove the broach with conventional techniques. Via a second distal incision, the femur was split from the distal tip of the broach to approximately 5 cm distal of the femoral neck cut along the posterior aspects of the femur. This loosened the broach enough to allow for an uncomplicated removal. The longitudinal split was secured with cables before a similar size primary implant was press fitted into the femoral canal.

Keywords: : Broaching, Canal Shape, Complication, Uncemented Femoral Component..