Intraoperative Monitoring of Femoral Head Perfusion

2019-10-07 08:56:55 | BioPortfolio


An ICP monitor will be used to record blood flow/perfusion of the femoral head following fixation of femoral neck fractures. FDA approved device but not for this use.


Hip fractures are a common entity in the realm of orthopedic trauma care and make up about 20% of the average workload of a trauma center. The lifetime risk of sustaining a hip fracture is significant; in women the range is 40-50% and among men it is 13-22%. Among all hip fractures, intracapsular femoral neck fractures (FNF) account for approximately 50% and are a significant undertaking for both the patient and treating physician. As the average age of the general population increases, the incidence of FNF in the worldwide population is likewise expected to rise (1.66 million observed in 1990 and 6.26 million projected 2050) with profound societal and economic impact.1

Operative indications and the methodology of surgical intervention in cases of femoral neck fractures are well established. Generally speaking, treatment options can be divided in two groups: reduction with internal fixation or arthroplasty. This treatment decision depends on patient factors and fracture characteristics. Within the realm of internal fixation, advances in the quality of modern implants have yielded largely good surgical outcomes. However, internal fixation of femoral neck fractures is not without complications. Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) and nonunion are the major causes of morbidity and economic burden.2 The rate of ONFH in a recent meta-analysis was 0-22% (mean 6.9%) with a trend towards higher rates in women, patients less than 60 years of age, and those treated with cannulated screw fixation.1,3,4 Identifying measures to minimize the risk of osteonecrosis and nonunion would be beneficial to patient outcomes. Prior studies have noted correlations between residual displacement of the femoral head or varus malreduction with fixation failure (13-fold increase).1,5 In both cases, it is suspected that failure to restore normal anatomy of the femoral head and neck compromises the biomechanical alignment of the hip, and most importantly, its blood flow.

To date, there has not been a well-described intra-operative method to assess femoral head perfusion in adults, or to correlate these finding with late complications such as osteonecrosis. The diagnosis of osteonecrosis is typically made late in the patient's post-operative course when it becomes apparent on radiographs. Some investigators have studied the utility of select imaging studies at predicting femoral head perfusion and found single photon-emission computerized tomography (CT) to be accurate, but not easily available in all centers.6 MRI is felt to be superior to radiographs for early detection, but still not reliable in the first few weeks after injury.7 While the use of post-operative MRI and CT to elucidate femoral head perfusion has been investigated, neither can provide a real-time, intra-operative, measure of blood flow to the femoral head. If a real-time perfusion assessment tool was available, surgeons could determine the necessity for, and adequacy of, intraoperative reduction. Lack of perfusion could alter a surgeon's operative plan and might prompt an attempt at improving the reduction or a change in surgical management.

The purpose of this prospective study is to establish an intra-operative technique to monitor femoral head blood flow in patients with femoral neck fractures. The investigators' hypothesis is that by utilizing an intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor to detect the presence or absence of waveforms in the femoral head, investigators could reliably assess the perfusion levels within the femoral head and possibly reduce the incidence of osteonecrosis. Primary outcomes will be osteonecrosis and fracture union. The implications of this study may lead to changes in post-operative management, the intra-operative surgical plan if little to no epiphyseal perfusion is present and potentially new treatments for FNF patients to avoid the dreaded complication of osteonecrosis.

The intracranial pressure monitor will be utilized during the standard operative fixation of displaced and non-displaced FNF patients. This will allow a real-time assessment of femoral head perfusion pressure following reduction and fixation of these fractures. Correlations will be made to patients' blood pressure, demographic data, and injury characteristics. The monitor uses a sterile transducer that contains a pressure-monitoring catheter. This produces an artifact free, high fidelity waveform tracing without the need for a "fluid-filled" system. In the proposed application, the monitor would quantify perfusion pressure in the femoral head rather than cerebral tissue pressure. Following the investigators' protocol, the ICP monitor will be inserted through the cannulated screw used for fracture fixation and then removed after the measurement has been recorded.

Dr. Tim Schrader, the principal investigator, currently utilizes this ICP monitor as standard of care for all patients being treated for unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis, a pediatric condition of the hip that similarly has an associated risk of osteonecrosis. He has demonstrated that the presence of femoral head perfusion as detected by a waveform on intra-osseous placed ICP monitor has been associated with the absence of osteonecrosis post-operatively.8

Study Design


Femoral Neck Fractures


Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor, Standard of Care


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
United States


Enrolling by invitation


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-07T08:56:55-0400

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