Influence of treatment modality on morbidity and mortality in periprosthetic femoral fracture. A comparative study of 71 fractures treated by internal fixation or femoral implant revision

  • Cohen S.
  • Flecher X.
  • Parratte S.
  • Ollivier M.
  • Argenson J. -N.


Introduction: The incidence of periprosthetic femoral fracture is constantly increasing, with high associated morbidity and mortality. Surgical treatment is guided by the Vancouver classification, but the influence of type of treatment on morbidity and mortality has been little analyzed. The theoretical advantage of implant revision over internal fixation is that it should allow earlier weight-bearing, although the impact of this on morbidity and mortality and autonomy has not been demonstrated. We conducted a case-control study, to assess the influence of type of treatment (implant revision or internal fixation) (1) on mobility and autonomy and (2) on morbidity and mortality. Hypothesis: The study hypothesis was that clinical results and morbidity and mortality do not differ between these two types of treatment. Methods: A retrospective study included 70 patients with a total of 71 femoral periprosthetic fractures treated between 2007 and 2014. Two treatment groups, comparable for mean age, gender and ASA and Parker scores, were studied. Mean age was 78 +/- 13.5 years (range, 23-95 years). Thirty-six fractures (50.7%) were treated by implant revision via a posterolateral approach, using a revision stem with (n=11) or without cement (n=25) (REVISION group); immediate postoperative weight-bearing was authorized. Thirty-five fractures (49.3%) were treated by open reduction and internal fixation, using a locking plate (ORIF group); weight-bearing was authorized only in the third month. Mean follow-up was 43 +/- 27 months (range, 0.75-107 months). Results: Autonomy on Parker score was reduced by 2 points at 1 year's follow-up. Mean preoperative scores were 7.32 +/- 1.79 (range, 3-9) and 7.43 +/- 1.79 (range, 4-9) in the REVISION and ORIF group, respectively, (p = 0.8), falling to 5.06 +/- 2.6 (range, 0-9) and 4.5 +/- 2.01 (range, 0-9) respectively at follow-up (p = 0.349). Sixteen patients in the REVISION group versus 13 in the ORIF group had made adaptations in their home or changed place of residence (p = 0.2). At last follow-up, 18 patients (28.6%) had died: 12 (37.5%) in the ORIF and 6 (19.3%) in the REVISION group (p < 0.05). Survival with death as endpoint at a mean 3.5 years was 88 +/- 11% in the REVISION group versus 51 +/- 11% in the ORIF group (p = 0.02). Three implant replacements were performed in each group (p = 0.83). Twelve medical or surgical complications occurred in the ORIF group (37.5%) and 11 in the REVISION group (34%) (p = 0.9). Conclusion: Implant revision for periprosthetic femoral fracture showed significantly lower overall mortality than internal fixation, without difference in terms of treatment failure or complications requiring revision surgery. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.