Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: December 2007 - Volume 465 - Issue - p 166-169 doi: 10.1097/BLO.0b013e318159cb97

Complex Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty with Modular Stems at a Mean of 14 Years

McCarthy, Joseph, C; Lee, Jo-annSection Editor(s): Hansseno, Arlen D MD, Guest Editor

We retrospectively reviewed 87 patients (92 hips) who had revision hip surgery to determine whether a proximally coated, modular femoral component would remain stably fixed at long-term followup. Thirteen patients died and 12 patients were lost to followup leaving 62 patients (67 hips) available for review with minimum followup of 8 years (mean, 14 years; range, 8-17 years). Preoperative radiographs were reviewed using Paprosky’s classification. Postoperative radiographs were reviewed for osteolysis, endosteal hypertrophy, cortical hypertrophy, distal pedestals, component breakage, and loosening. Thirty-seven hips underwent femoral allografting, 10 of which were proximal femurs. With revision as the endpoint the Kaplan-Meier survivorship (including deaths and loss to followup) was 60% at 14 years. Forty-seven of the 57 (82%) noncemented stems were bone ingrown. All had relative proximal bone preservation and 33 of 57 (58%) had bone hypertrophy in the diaphysis around zones 2 and 6. There were five aseptic failures (9%). Each of those was Paprosky Class IIIB or IV preoperatively. There were no long-term failures in Paprosky Class II or IIIA. The aseptic failures have been re-revised. This modular stem resulted in reliable fixation with relative preservation of proximal bone stock at this intermediate interval in complex revisions in Paprosky Class II and IIIA. Paprosky Class IIIB and IV defects may need additional component fixation options.


Level of Evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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