We describe the use of cable fixation and acute total hip replacement for acetabular fracture in the elderly. 12 patients with acetabular fractures, having a mean age of 79 (65-93) years, were treated with cable fixation and acute total hip arthroplasty. 8 were T-shaped fractures and 4 associated fractures of the posterior column and posterior wall. 1 patient died 5 months after surgery and the remaining 11 were followed for 2 years. All patients had a good clinical outcome. Radiographic assessment showed healing of the fracture and a satisfactory alignment of the cup without loosening. This surgical technique provides good primary fixation, stabilizes complex acetabular fractures in elderly patients with osteoporotic bone and permits early post-operative mobilization.
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