Modular Total Femur Replacement for Staged Total Femur ReplacementAs the numbers of arthroplasties performed worldwide increase, so do complications such as prosthetic joint infection. Cases that require a two-stage revision of a total femur replacement in the femur pose an ongoing challenge to the modern orthopedic surgeon. Unlike antibiotic spacers in hip and knee arthroplasty, there lacks a commercially available cement spacer for use in total femur replacements. We describe a novel technique for the intraoperative fabrication of a total femur spacer which uses modular components.
Creating a dual articulating antibiotic spacer for management of an infected total femur prosthesis hemiarthroplastyThe gold standard for management of chronic periprosthetic joint infections is a 2-stage revision arthroplasty with the first stage being explantation, debridement, and placement of a spacer. While there are implants designed to manage periprosthetic infections in hip and knee arthroplasty, there are not any commercially available implants designed to specifically manage an infected total femur megaprosthesis. This creates a unique surgical challenge and requires custom construction of a spacer to be performed by the surgeon intraoperatively.