Hip joint replacement associated cerclage wires

Last revised by David Luong on 14 Feb 2022

Cerclage wires in hip joint replacements can sometimes be encountered on postoperative radiographs or other cross-sectional imaging. They are typically seen around the femoral stem and are usually used to stabilize a proximal femoral crack after stem insertion in cementless total hip arthroplasty. At times more than one wire may be present.

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