The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 8, 1367 - 1371

The C-Stem in Clinical Practice

Purbach, Bodo et al.

The triple tapered polished cemented stem, C-Stem, introduced in 1993 was based on the original Charnley concept of the “flat back” polished stem. We present our continuing experience with the C-Stem in 621 consecutive primary arthroplasties implanted into 575 patients between 1993 and 1997. Four hundred and eighteen arthroplasties had a clinical and radiological follow-up past 10 years with a mean follow-up of 13 years (10–15). There were no revisions for stem loosening but 2 stems were revised for fracture — both with a defective cement mantle proximally. The stem design and the surgical technique support the original Charnley concept of limited stem subsidence within the cement mantle and the encouraging results continue to stand as a credit to Sir John Charnley’s original philosophy.

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