Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fractures: Why I Use the Anterior Approach

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The posterior and anterolateral approaches are well accepted for arthroplasty in elderly patients with a displaced femoral neck fracture. The anterior (Heuter; modified Smith-Peterson) approach to the hip has proven advantageous for primary total hip arthroplasty. The rationale and technique of its use for elderly patients with displaced femoral neck fractures is discussed.

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