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Safe surgical technique for associated acetabular fractures

Takashi Suzuki1, Wade R Smith2, Cyril Mauffrey3 and Steven J Morgan2*

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1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kitasato University, School of Medicine, 1-15-1 Kitasato, Sagamihara, 252-0375, Japan

2 MOTUS Mountain Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, Swedish Medical Center, 701 East Hampden Ave Suite 515 Englewood, Colorado, 80113, USA

3 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, 777 Bannock Street Denver, Colorado, 80204, USA

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Patient Safety in Surgery 2013, 7:7  doi:10.1186/1754-9493-7-7

Published: 15 February 2013


Associated acetabular fractures are challenging injuries to manage. The complex surgical approaches and the technical difficulty in achieving anatomical reduction imply that the learning curve to achieve high-quality care of patients with such challenging injuries is extremely steep. This first article in the Journal’s “Safe Surgical Technique” section presents the standard surgical care, in conjunction with intraoperative tips and tricks, for the safe management of all subgroups of associated acetabular fractures.

Acetabular fractures; Safe surgical technique; Acetabular fixation; Patient safety