Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: February 2016 - Volume 474 - Issue 2 - p 408–414 doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4210-4 Symposium: 2015 Hip Society Proceedings

Promising Mid-term Results With a Cup-cage Construct for Large Acetabular Defects and Pelvic Discontinuity

Amenabar, Tomas, MD1,3,a; Rahman, Wael, A., MD1; Hetaimish, Bandar, M., MD1; Kuzyk, Paul, R., MD2; Safir, Oleg, A., MD2; Gross, Allan, E., MD2

Background Restoring normal anatomy and achieving stable fixation of the acetabular component can be especially challenging when the surgeon must deal with severe acetabular defects and/or pelvic discontinuity. The cup-cage (CC) construct, where an ilioischial cage is cemented within a biologically fixed porous metal cup, has emerged as an excellent option to treat such challenges.


Questions/purposes We sought to determine (1) mid-term Kaplan-Meier survival; (2) clinical outcomes based on Merle d’Aubigné-Postel scores; (3) radiological outcomes based primarily on construct migration; and (4) the complication rate for a series of 67 CC procedures performed at our institution.


Methods All hip revision procedures between January 2003 and March 2012 where a CC was used (with the exception of tumor cases or acute fracture; four total cases) that had a minimum 2-year followup and that had been seen within the last 2 years were included in this retrospective review. Acetabular bone loss and presence of pelvic discontinuity were assessed according to the Gross classification. Sixty-seven CC procedures with an average followup of 74 months (range, 24-135 months; SD, 34.3) months were identified; 26 of 67 (39%) were Gross Type IV and 41 of 67 (61%) were Gross Type V (pelvic discontinuity). Postoperative clinical and radiological evaluation was done annually. Merle d’Aubigné-Postel scores were recorded and all radiographs were compared with the 6-week postoperative radiographs to evaluate for radiographic loosening or migration. Failure was defined as revision surgery for any cause, including infection.


Results The 5-year Kaplan-Meier survival rate with revision for any cause representing failure was 93% (95% confidence interval [CI], 83.1-97.4), and the 10-year survival rate was 85% (95% CI, 67.2-93.8). The Merle d’Aubigné-Postel score improved significantly from a mean of 6 preoperatively to 13 postoperatively (p < 0.001). Four CC had nonprogressive radiological migration of the ischial flange and they remain stable.


Conclusions We believe that the CC construct is a suitable choice to treat chronic pelvic discontinuity; it also remains a reliable option for the treatment of severe acetabular bone defects if stable fixation cannot be obtained through the use of a trabecular metal cup with or without augments.


Level of Evidence Level IV, therapeutic study.

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