Idiopathic Necrosis of the Femoral Head

Results of Intertrochanteric Osteotomy and Joint Resurfacing
  • H. Wagner
  • G. Zeiler
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Orthopaedic Surgery book series (ORTHOPAEDIC, volume 5)


There are three reasons for the particular clinical importance of idiopathic femoral head necrosis

  1. 1.

    When partial ischemic necrosis of the femoral head has spread to a greater or lesser extent, collapse of the articular surface results in severe damage to the hip joint

  2. 2.

    Bilateral involvement often occurs, which considerably increases the extent of the disease yet simultaneously restricts the scope of treatment feasibilities.

  3. 3.

    The social significance of this disease is emphasized by the particularly frequent incidence of idiopathic necrosis of the femoral head in young men between the ages of 20 and 40. The disease results in severe, painful disability at the most active and most crucial time of life for professional advancement



Femoral Neck Femoral Head Articular Surface Wide Joint Space Necrotic Focus 
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  • G. Zeiler

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