Steven T. Woolson, MD

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  • Acetabular Component Positioning Using the Transverse Acetabular Ligament Can You Find It and Does It Help? Epstein, N. J., Woolson, S. T., Giori, N. J. SPRINGER. 2011: 412-416


    Several studies have reported that the transverse acetabular ligament (TAL) can be used to orient the acetabular component during total hip arthroplasty and that it can be identified in nearly all patients.We attempted to determine how often the TAL could be identified during primary THA and its accuracy as a guide for acetabular component positioning.In a prospective series of 63 patients (64 hips) undergoing primary THA, two surgeons attempted to identify the TAL and, if it was found, to use it for acetabular component orientation. Patients in whom the TAL was identified served as the study group and the ligament was used for cup orientation in those patients; the remaining patients in whom the ligament could not be identified served as a control group and had free-hand cup positioning. Anteversion was determined by radiographic measurement from true lateral views.The TAL was identified in only 30 hips (47%) and was more likely to be found in patients who did not have inferior acetabular osteophytes. Acetabular position was not improved using this ligament for reference.The TAL could not be routinely identified at surgery and when used for cup orientation it was no more accurate for cup positioning than free-hand technique.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11999-010-1523-1

    View details for Web of Science ID 000286939300013

    View details for PubMedID 20737303

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