Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 2015 - Volume 473 - Issue 8 - p 2521–2529 doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4227-8 Symposium: Sex Differences in Musculoskeletal Disease and Science

Do Complication Rates Differ by Gender After Metal-on-metal Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty? A Systematic Review

Haughom, Bryan, D., MD1,a; Erickson, Brandon, J., MD1; Hellman, Michael, D., MD1; Jacobs, Joshua, J., MD1

Background Although metal-on-metal (MoM) bearing surfaces provide low rates of volumetric wear and increased stability, evidence suggests that certain MoM hip arthroplasties have high rates of complication and failure. Some evidence indicates that women have higher rates of failure compared with men; however, the orthopaedic literature as a whole has poorly reported such complications stratified by gender.


Questions/purposes This systematic review aimed to: (1) compare the rate of adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR); (2) dislocation; (3) aseptic loosening; and (4) revision between men and women undergoing primary MoM hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA).


Methods Systematic MEDLINE and EMBASE searches identified all level I to III articles published in peer-reviewed journals, reporting on the outcomes of interest, for MoM HRA. Articles were limited to those with 2-year followup that reported outcomes by gender. Ten articles met inclusion criteria. Study quality was evaluated using the Modified Coleman Methodology Score; the overall quality was poor. Heterogeneity and bias were analyzed using a Mantel-Haenszel statistical method.


Results Women demonstrated an increased odds of developing ALTR (odds ratio [OR], 5.70 [2.71-11.98]; p < 0.001), dislocation (OR, 3.04 [1.2-7.5], p = 0.02), aseptic loosening (OR, 3.18 [2.21-4.58], p < 0.001), and revision (OR, 2.50 [2.25-2.78], p < 0.001) after primary MoM HRA.


Conclusions A systematic review of the currently available literature reveals a higher rate of complications (ALTR, dislocation, aseptic loosening, and revision) after MoM HRA in women compared with men. Although femoral head size has been frequently implicated as a prime factor in the higher rate of complication in women, further research is necessary to specifically probe this relationship. Retrospective studies of data available (eg, registry data) should be undertaken, and moving forward studies should report outcomes by gender (particularly complications).


Level of Evidence Level III, therapeutic study.

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