The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is a thin band of connective tissue that runs along the outside of the knee. It connects the femur to the fibula and stabilizes the knee, bracing it from unusual impact. However, injuries are common, particularly during contact sports.
Bone loss is a common finding amongst the elderly, occurring when either the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. This process leads to weakened bones, making a fracture easier to occur. In serious cases of bone loss, a broken hip bone can happen from something as simple as a sneeze.
Unfortunately, falls are all too common, especially among adults over the age of 65. About one in four adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall, and approximately 95 percent of all hip fractures are related to falls.
A retrospective review of data from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry suggests that the answer is yes, at least for revision total hip arthroplasty due to dislocation.
Dr. Jeremy Gililland, Dr. Victor Carlson, and Dr. Lucas Anderson answer ICJR’s questions about their technique for building and then implanting an articulating antibiotic spacer in the first stage of revision total knee arthroplasty.