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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 1/2015

One-sided hip-preserving and concurrent contralateral total hip arthroplasty for the treatment of bilateral osteonecrosis of the femoral head in different stages: short-medium term outcomes

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders > Ausgabe 1/2015
Yirong Zeng, Xinyu Qi, Wenjun Feng, Jie Li, Feilong Li, Jianchun Zeng, Chunzhi Yi, Jinlun Chen
Wichtige Hinweise
Yirong Zeng, Xinyu Qi and Wenjun Feng contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

YZ carried out the conception and design of the study. And he was the surgeon who performed the above mentioned surgery for all patients. XQ and WF completed the drafting and revision of the manuscript. JL, JZ, FL contributed data evaluation and collection of all patients. CY and JC participated in data interpretation and analysis. All authors were involved in the revision of the manuscript and all approved the final version.



We aimed to evaluate the clinical and radiological short-medium term outcomes for the treatment of bilateral osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) with hip-preserving surgery of core decompression followed by tightly impaction bone grafting combining with non-vascularized fibular allografting in one hip and concurrent one-stage total hip arthroplasty (THA) in the contralateral side. We hypothesized the aforementioned surgery showed benefits of protecting the preserved hip from collapsing and thereafter THA was delayed or avoided.


We retrospectively reviewed a consecutive series of 18 non-traumatic bilateral ONFH patients (36 hips) who had undergone previous mentioned surgeries between July 2004 and June 2013. Preoperative and the last follow-up Harris Hip Score (HHS) and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) Score were obtained for clinical outcomes evaluation and X-rays of antero-posterior and frog-leg lateral views of bilateral hips were compared for radiological outcomes assessment.


All patients were telephone contacted for out-patient clinic return visit at an average follow-up time of 53.3 months (ranged from 20 months to 107 months). Of the 18 patients (15 men and 3 women), there were 5 patients were diagnosed preoperative IIB stages according to classification of the Association Research Circulation Osseuse classification (ARCO) and the remaining 13 patients were in ARCO IIIC stages. The mean age of the included patients was 40.7 years (range from 22 to 59 years). No age and followed-up time difference existed in genders. The postoperative HHS were 83.8 ± 17.9 points, and it revealed statistical significance when compared to preoperative 61.6 ± 17.0 points (p < 0.05). The VAS scores were reduced from preoperative 6.2 ± 2.0 points to postoperative 2.8 ± 2.3 points, which also manifested outcomes significance (p < 0.05). From radiological aspects, 14 patients acquired well repairmen of the necrotic areas of the femoral head. However, the other 4 patients ultimately suffered femoral head collapse, and the severe pain was gotten rid of after THA surgeries were performed.


The un-collapsed hip can achieve biological stability and sufficient blood supply through the hip-preserving surgery and obtain longtime repairmen of the necrotic bone as well as early non-weight-bearing function training, which benefits from distributing the whole body weight load to the hip of one-stage THA. Consequently, we recommend this sort of surgery for clinical practice trial when faced bilateral ONFH in different stages though longer time follow-up and larger samples are essentially needed to address its efficacy.
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