The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 1, 132 - 138

Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty Using an Alumina-On-Alumina Bearing Surface in Patients With Osteolysis

Yoo, Jeong Joon et al.

We evaluated the outcomes of 64 consecutive revision total hip arthroplasties with an alumina-on-alumina bearing surface in 61 patients with osteolysis. No implants had been rerevised nor was osteolysis detected at a mean of 9.8 years (range, 7.0-13.1 years) postoperatively. There was 1 case of stem loosening but no cup loosening or alumina bearing fractures. Two surgical procedures were performed for an infection in 1 patient. Three dislocations occurred in 3 hips; all were treated with closed reduction and abduction bracing for 3 months. No further dislocations occurred. With any reoperation or radiographic evidence of osteolysis or loosening as the end point, the 7-year survival rate was 96.9% (95% confidence interval, 90.8%-100%). The alumina-on-alumina bearing surfaces used for revision total hip arthroplasty in patients with osteolysis were found to produce encouraging clinical results and implant survival rates at a minimum of 7 years postoperatively.

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