The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 27, Issue 4, 613 - 619

A Modified Cement Spacer Technique for Infected Total Hip Arthroplasties With Significant Bone Loss

Ben-Lulu, Oren et al.

Complications related to femoral spacers are common during addressing infected total hip arthroplasties by 2-stage revision. We evaluated 11 patients who had 2-stage revisions with massive bone loss after removal of the infected components by a trochanteric osteotomy. All femoral cement spacers were assembled on intramedullary nails. Femurs were protected by a plate, whereas acetabuli were augmented by a cage or roof ring depending on the remaining bone stock. This additional hardware was covered with antibiotic-impregnated cement. Infection was eradicated in 10 (90.9%) of 11 patients within 3.5 months in average. None of the patients had spacer fracture, periprosthetic fracture, or dislocation. Augmentation by hardware covered with antibiotic-impregnated cement is effective and may reduce complications until definitive treatment is performed.

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