Mid-term migration analysis of a femoral short-stem prosthesis: a five-year EBRA-FCA-studyFreitag, T., Fuchs, M., Woelfle-Roos, J. V., Reichel, H., & Bieger, R. (2019).
The objective of this study was to evaluate the mid-term migration pattern of a femoral short stem.
Implant migration of 73 femoral short-stems was assessed by Ein-Bild-Roentgen-Analysis Femoral-Component-Analysis (EBRA-FCA) 5 years after surgery. Migration pattern of the whole group was analysed and compared to the migration pattern of implants “at risk” with a subsidence of more than 1.5 mm 2 years postoperative.
Mean axial subsidence was 1.1 mm (–5.0 mm to 1.5 mm) after 60 months. There was a statistical significant axial migration until 2 years postoperative with settling thereafter. 2 years after surgery 18 of 73 Implants were classified “at risk.” Nevertheless, all stems showed secondary stabilisation in the following period with no implant failure neither in the group of implants with early stabilisation nor the group with extensive early onset migration.
In summary, even in the group of stems with more pronounced early subsidence, delayed settling occurred in all cases. The determination of a threshold of critical early femoral short stem subsidence is necessary because of the differing migration pattern described in this study with delayed settling of the Fitmore stem 2 years postoperatively compared to early settling within the first postoperative year described for conventional stems.