How are outcomes affected by combining the Pemberton and Salter osteotomies?

MH Metin Sabanci Baltalimani Hospital for Research and Education, Istanbul, Turkey.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (Impact Factor: 2.88). 05/2008; 466(4):837-46. DOI: 10.1007/s11999-008-0153-3
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ABSTRACT The Pembersal operation combines features of the Pemberton and Salter osteotomies. Results have usually been reported in patients with dysplasia but without frank dislocation. We asked if the following factors influence the outcome of the Pembersal operation in patients with dislocated hips: triradiate cartilage damage causing early closure; the acetabular index improvement; and the age of the patient at time of operation. We assessed triradiate cartilage damage, a modified McKay clinical classification, acetabular index, center-edge angles, Reimers index, acetabular depth-to-width ratios, Severin classification and Tönnis grading of 33 patients (44 hips) have been evaluated in this retrospective study. The mean age at surgery was 5 years (range, 1.5-14 years). The minimum followup was 5 years (mean, 10.5 years; range, 5-17 years). Preoperatively, three (7%) hips were Tönnis Grade 2, 10 (23%) were Grade 3, and 31 (70%) were Grade 4. Eight (18%) hips were Severin Class 1, 32 (73%) Class 2, and four (9%) were Class 3. According to McKay's criteria satisfactory results with a rate of 76% were obtained. Premature closure of the triradiate cartilage occurred in eight (18%) hips and postoperative avascular necrosis of the femoral head in three (6%) hips. Satisfactory clinical and radiographic improvements in the aforementioned parameters can be obtained by Pembersal osteotomy. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level IV, therapeutic case series. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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