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What are the outcomes of core decompression without augmentation in patients with nontraumatic osteonecrosis of the femoral head?

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Andronic, Octavian 
Weiss, Ori 
Shoman, Haitham 
Kriechling, Philipp 


PURPOSE: Core decompression (CD) of the femoral head is performed to preserve the hip in avascular necrosis (AVN). The outcome following this procedure differs based on the medical centre and the technique. Also, the time to total hip replacement (THR) and the percentage of patients subsequently undergoing a THR are controversial. METHODS: A systematic review was performed following PRISMA guidelines. The search included CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, AMED and Web of Science Core Collection databases. Studies reporting the outcome of CD for AVN were assessed. Studies using additional implants, vascularized grafts or any type of augmentation were excluded. Quality assessment was performed using the Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisal Checklist (JBI CAC) tool. TRIAL REGISTRATION: International prospective register of systematic reviews (PROSPERO) - CRD42018100596 . RESULTS: A total of 49 studies describing 2540 hips were included. The mean weighted follow-up time was 75.1 months and the mean age at surgery was 39 years. Twenty-four of 37 studies reported improvement in all outcome scores, whilst 9/37 studies report only partial improvement post-operatively. Four studies (4/37) described poor clinical outcomes following intervention. Data was pooled from 20 studies, including 1134 hips with a weighted mean follow-up of 56 months. The percentage of hips undergoing THR averaged 38%. The time to THR had a weighted mean of 26 months after CD. CONCLUSION: Pooled results from 1134 hips and of these nearly 80% with early stage of osteonecrosis, showed that approximately 38% of patients underwent a total hip replacement at an average of 26 months following core decompression without augmentation.



AVN, Avascular osteonecrosis of the femoral head, Core decompression, Hip arthroscopy, Hip preservation, Osteonecrosis, Decompression, Surgical, Femur Head, Femur Head Necrosis, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Treatment Outcome

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