Hip Preservation
General Procedures

Triple & PAO

Triple Innominate & PeriAcetabular Osteotomies

Acetabular deficiency in older children or mal-orientation of the acetabulum at any age are best treated by freeing the acetabulum from rest of the pelvis and redirecting it to increase coverage of the femoral head and optimally orienting it to rest of the pelvis.

Triple innominate osteotomy involves complete division of pubis, ischium and ilium away from the growth plates and hence can be performed at any age. The Tonnis 2 triple osteotomy will give an acetabular fragment that is free from all tethers and as mobile as a periacetabular osteotomy. Triple osteotomy has the disadvantages of disrupting the pelvic ring and healing issues with bigger corrections when the gap gets bigger.

Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO) is the most desirable pelvic osteotomy when triradiate cartilage growth is not considered significant anymore (after 8 years of age). The osteotomy involves a complete pubic osteotomy, partial ischial and iliac cuts freeing the acetabulum while leaving the posterior half of the posterior column intact. The fragment retains adequate blood supply and healing potential even with large corrections. PAO is also the most difficult procedure to learn with a steep learning curve and serious potential complications.

Both osteotomies can be performed through a single anterior incision for all the cuts or single lateral approach when combined with surgical dislocation or femoral osteotomy.

Sequence of femur and acetabular procedures

Whenever both femoral and acetabular osteotomies are indicated, approach to the femur can be used for the ischial osteotomy even if the other cuts will be performed through a separate anterior approach.

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