Midterm Results of Metasul Metal-on-Metal Total Hip ArthroplastySaito, Shu; Ryu, Junnosuke; Watanabe, Masahiko; Ishii, Takao; Saigo, Kaichiro
We assessed 106 total hip arthroplasties performed with a new metal-on-metal hip system; the patients were monitored for at least 5 years. The average Harris Hip Score of the patients was 39.5 points before surgery and 87.8 points at final follow-up evaluation. Radiographically, the acetabular component was stable in 103 hips and possibly unstable in 3 hips. The femoral component was bone ingrown in 97 hips and stable and fibrous in 9. After surgery, 6 hips dislocated. The polyethylene liner dissociated in one patient. No patient exhibited clear signs of loosening, migration, or osteolysis. Distal femoral cortical hypertrophy was seen in 35.8% of the cases. Survival at the mean follow-up point (6.4 years) was 99.1%. There was no significant difference in serum chromium concentration between metal-on-metal bearings and polyethylene-on-metal bearings (control subjects). This study found that metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty produces excellent midterm results.