South African Medical Journal

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Early results of total hip joint replacement

D Dall


A prospective analysis of 100 Charnley total hip joint replacements performed between January 1970 and August 1972 is presented. A total success rate of 95% was obtained. Failures were due to 3 deaths and 2 cases of minor sepsis. No case of frank sepsis requiring removal of the prosthesis was encountered. Pain was completely relieved in 80% or was minimal in 20% of patients. No patient had pain of any significance postoperativdy. The total range of movement achieved was 1600 or more in 96% of patients. No hip lost movement after surgery. Walking function was improved to normal, or near normal, in 1000/0 of unilateral cases, or in bilateral cases that had bilateral replacements. Charnley total hip replacement is indicated in all cases with significant disability due to degenerative hip pathology, or when previous surgery has failed.

S. Afr. Med. J. 48, 1979 (1974).

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