Stem compatibility for cement-in-cement femoral revision: an in vitro studyBerstock JR, Torrie PAG, Smith JRA, Webb JC, Baker RP.
Cement-in-cement femoral component revision is a useful and commonly practised technique. Onerous and hazardous re-shaping of the original cement mantle is required if the new stem does not seat easily. Furthermore, without removing the entirety of the original cement mantle, the freedom to alter anteversion or leg length is difficult to predict preoperatively. We present data from in vitro experiments testing the compatibility of the top cemented stems according to UK registry figures (NJR 2013). This data augments preoperative planning by indicating which revision stems require minimal or no cement reshaping when being inserted into another stem’s mantle. We also present the maximum shortening and anteversion that can be achieved without reshaping the original cement mantle.