Seventy-two displaced acetabular fractures managed surgically were evaluated retrospectively. The follow-up period was 10 (6–14) yr. The commonest fractures were posterior wall (28) and both columns (10). The surgical approaches were Kocher–Langenbeck (47), ilioinguinal (19) and extended iliofemoral (6). No neural monitoring was used in operations and no preventive agents for heterotopic ossification or thromboembolism were used perioperatively. Reduction was rated congruent in 59 (81.9%) and noncongruent in 13 (18.1%). The early postoperative complications were 1 vascular injury, 1 iatrogenic sciatic nerve injury, 1 deep vein thrombosis and 2 wound infections. The late complications were heterotopic ossification in 20 patients, avascular necrosis of the femoral head in 4 and symptomatic arthritis in 10. Functional outcomes were rated as excellent in 31, good in 23, fair in 7 and poor in 11. Our results show that traditional management is effective enough for displaced acetabular fractures.
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Accepted: October 18, 1999
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