Acetabular fractures (hip socket)

A 34-year-old male was a passenger in an automobile that collided with another vehicle at high-speed. There was a lateral impact on the passenger side door. He was taken to the local trauma center for initial assessment where he was diagnosed with a right-sided Anterior Column Posterior Hemitransverse acetabular fracture.

In skeletal traction the patient was transferred to us for definitive management. ORIF was performed using an ilioinguinal approach. The patient returned for follow-up at two years after ORIF and had excellent clinical and radiographic results without evidence of either avascular necrosis or degenerative arthritis of the hip joint and a return to pre-injury activities.

  • Figure A

    Figure A

    Radiographs reveal a right-sided Anterior Column Posterior Hemitransverse acetabular fracture.


  • Figure B

    Figure B

    CT and 3D reconstruction images of the acetabulum further delineating the fracture pattern.


  • Figure C

    Figure C

    Radiographic images at two years following surgery illustrate a healed acetabular fracture with excellent preservation of the hip joint space.



Our Patients

  • “I can live a normal life and enjoy life once again.”

    ~ Ron Pollicino

    Read Full Story

  • “They were able to piece me back together where others were not.”

    ~ J. D. Pelaez

    Read Full Story

  • “We never would have gotten through this without HSS.”

    ~ Robert Casale

    Read Full Story

  • “The entire hospital staff were just amazing from the instant we rolled through the doors throughout the entire stay.”

    ~ Victor Katz

    Read Full Story

  • “The level of expertise and care is beyond imagination. Dr. Helfet is an artist.”

    ~ Herve Duteil

    Read Full Story

  • “Dr. David Helfet had looked at my leg, immediately rushed me to the OR and did a 4 compartment release saving my only leg!”

    ~ Dawn Bray

    Read Full Story

  • “They are a huge part of the progress I have made.”

    ~ Larry Nipon

    Read Full Story

David L. Helfet, MD

535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

212-606-1888 phone
212-628-4473 fax

New York Fracture Care

Contact Us

David L. Helfet, MD 

Dean G. Lorich, MD

David S. Wellman, MD