Limb-length discrepancy

AORecon Surgical Insights


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Welcome to the fourth issue!


Leg-length discrepancy is one of the most commonly occurring problems in total hip arthroplasty. When this complication arises, many patients are unhappy with the outcome of their treatment. This newsletter addresses how to prevent and manage this issue, as well as offers an update on AORecon’s present and future activities.



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Limb-length discrepancy in THA: prevention, management, and dysplasia patients


A recognized and common complication of total hip arthroplasty (THA) is limb-length discrepancy (LLD). Incidentally, this problem is the number one reason for litigation against orthopedic surgeons in the US. There are actions surgeons that can undertake to minimize leg-length issues, with prevention being at the top of the list.


Through patient evaluation/education, preoperative templating, and intraoperative assessments, strategies can be employed to lessen the risk of LLD. This three-part article series looks at the prevention and management of LLD after THA and gives special consideration to the challenges associated with the dysplastic hip.


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Last chance to register for hip and knee arthroplasty course in Bangkok

Register last-minute and get to know the principles of hip and knee arthroplasty in Thailand (Nov 06–07, 2017).

Davos Courses
Seats still available for newly-developed curriculum courses

Two new curriculum courses have been created to strengthen surgical excellence in the respective specialties. Both courses debut at the AO Foundation Davos Courses 2017.

AORecon Course—Complex Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty AOTrauma/AORecon Course—Comprehensive Periprosthetic Fracture Management

AORecon Courses
Exiting symposia, profound courses, and instructive webinars

In 2017, there are still an array of thrilling events to come: Sessions at COA, ASIA and SICOT, courses in Asia Pacific and Middle East, and a Webcast on Shoulder Arthroplasty, which will be aired live from the AO Davos Courses in December.

See all upcoming events | Preview events 2018

AO Development Incubator
New call for groundbreaking ideas

The AO Development Incubator (AODI) has launched a second call for proposals, for innovations that promote excellence in treating trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. AODI supports inventors to build and execute project plans towards a proof of concept and subsequent valorization. Submit your application until November 15.


– Abdelfattah Khdeir, Palestinian Territory –

"How do I deal with hip osteoarthritis that involves a history of Perthes disease?"


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– Sreekanth Reddy Rajoli, India –

"What is the cause of a young patient's hip pain, and how can we treat him best?"


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