The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 32, Issue 3, 908 - 914

Bone Remodeling in Acetabular Reconstruction Using a Kerboull-Type Reinforcement Device and Structural Bone-Grafting in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Oe, Kenichi et al.


The purpose of this study was to identify the long-term durability of the Kerboull-type reinforcement device (KT plate) in acetabular reconstruction for massive bone defects, assessing the remodeling of structural bone grafts.


This study retrospectively evaluated 106 hips that underwent acetabular reconstruction using a KT plate between November 2000 and December 2010. Thirty-eight primary total hip arthoplasties (THAs) and 68 revised THAs were performed, and the mean duration of clinical follow-up was 8 years (5-14 years). Regarding reconstructing the acetabular bone defects, autografts were used in 37 hips, allografts in 68 hips, and A-W glass ceramics in 2 hips.


One hip exhibited radiological migration and no revision for aseptic loosening. The mean Merle d’Aubigné Clinical Score improved from 7.5 points (4-12 points) preoperatively to 10.9 points (9-18 points) at the last follow-up. The Kaplan–Meier survival rate for radiological migration of primary and revised THAs at 10 years was 100% and 97% (95% confidence interval: 96%-100%), respectively. Bone remodeling was evaluated using the radiological demarcation at the bone-to-bone interface, and an improvement of 100% in primary THAs and 94% in revised THAs was observed.


For massive bone defects, acetabular reconstruction using the KT plate with a structural bone grafting can yield successful results.

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