The Role and Benefits of Free Vascularized Fibular Grafts in Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
Co-sponsored by the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development and Med-IQ
Marc J. Richard, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Meghan Coulehan, MPH
Manager, Educational Strategy and Content
Rebecca L. Julian, MS, ELS
Senior Managing Editor
Director of Continuing Medical Education
Anne Jacobson, MPH, CCMEP/CHCP
Cocoa Beach, FL
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Explain the goals, benefits, and risks of free vascularized fibular grafting
- Identify appropriate patient candidates for free vascularized fibular grafting
This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists.
Series Overview/Statement of Need
Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is a debilitating bone disease that leads to destruction of the hip joint by early adulthood. Multiple joint-preserving procedures have been used to treat ONFH. Free vascularized fibular grafting (FVFG) is an effective option for salvaging the necrotic femoral head when performed prior to radiographic collapse in patients with ONFH. For those with postcollapse ONFH, FVFG can still improve joint function while delaying the need for total hip replacement. Clinicians need to understand recent advances and clinical options in hip surgeries for patients with ONFH.
Co-sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine and Med-IQ.
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This CME activity consists of a 0.5-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the post-survey, evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
Original Release Date: July 15, 2015
Expiration Date: July 14, 2016
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 30 minutes
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Marc J. Richard, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Acumed, DePuy Synthes
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