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October 4, 2002 I had a right hip hemiarthroplasty due to a 14'fall on a construction job. They first tried to repair the fracture with a plate, but 45 days later a x-ray showed that the ball was not getting blood and was shrinking. So, they installed a stem in my leg but didn't put in a cup. It has been 7 months now and I have developed bursitis.Doesn't it seem odd to not install a cup along with the stem? My leg is constantly in pain and or going lame. Thank you.
-- Michael Bell (email@example.com), April 22, 2003
It sounds as if you had a hemi-arthroplasty as treatment for your fractured hip. The femoral head probably died because the blood supply was interupted by the fracture.
It is common practice to do a hemiarthroplasty for a femoral neck fracture.
Errol L Bennett, MD
-- Errol L. Bennett, M.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 25, 2003.
You should check out this website: http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/hip/hiprepqa.htm
-- Robert Toussie (Robert Toussie @aol.com), March 15, 2004.