The Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery - Volume 97 - Issue 11 - p. 920-924

Long-Term Outcomes of Liner Cementation into a Stable Retained Shell

Tan Timothy L., MD; Le Duff Michel J., MA; Ebramzadeh Edward, PhD; Bhaurla Sandeep K., MPH; Amstutz Harlan C., MD

Liner cementation into a preexisting stable socket may reduce the morbidity of revision hip arthroplasty and preserve acetabular bone. However, the long-term outcomes of this technique remain unknown. The purpose of this report was to analyze the long-term results of a previously reported cohort of patients. Cementation of thirty-two liners (seventeen polyethylene and fifteen metal liners) into preexisting sockets was performed during revision hip arthroplasty, and the patients were followed for a minimum of two years. A retrospective chart review was performed to investigate the complications and survivorship. The mean duration of follow-up was 12.7 years (range, 2.1 to 19.1 years), with ten hips requiring rerevision at a mean of 6.4 years (range, 1.0 to 15.5 years). Nine patients experienced posterior dislocations, and two hips required rerevision for instability. Liner dissociation from the shell occurred in two patients. Survivorship analysis, with rerevision as the end point, demonstrated ten and fifteen-year survivorship of 77.3% and 68.8%, respectively. Dissociation of the cemented liner from the acetabular shell was an infrequent cause of failure despite long-term follow-up. Given the high rate of dislocations in this study, careful patient selection and surgical technique should be considered.

Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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