Porous-Coated Acetabular Components with Screw Fixation.: Five to Ten-Year Results*

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Abstract

The results of 136 consecutive primary total hip arthroplasties performed by one surgeon with the Harris-Galante-I porous-coated acetabular component were reviewed at a mean of seven years (range, five to ten years). In all hips, the outer diameter of the acetabular component was the same as the diameter of the final reamer used in the preparation of the acetabulum. However, this reamer was used only briefly at the rim of the acetabulum, and therefore the components had so-called press-fit stability. A mean of four screws (range, three to six screws) were used for additional fixation of the component. The clinical evaluation was performed with use of the Harris hip score. Standardized anteroposterior radiographs of the pelvis were assessed for migration of the component, radiolucent and radiodense lines, linear wear of the polyethylene, and osteolysis.

No acetabular component had been revised for loosening and none were radiographically loose at the time of the most recent follow-up evaluation. There were no complications related to the use of the screws, and no screw had bent or broken. A non-progressive radiolucent line was seen in one acetabular zone in thirty-four hips (25 per cent) and in two acetabular zones in six hips (4 per cent). No hip had a radiolucent line in all three acetabular zones. The mean rate of linear wear of the polyethylene was 0.1 millimeter per year. There was no dissociation of the acetabular liner from the metal shell. Two hips (1 per cent) had asymptomatic osteolysis in the ischium and adjacent to the rim of the acetabular component; this was treated with grafting at the site of the lesion and exchange of the femoral head and the worn polyethylene liner. Five femoral components inserted without cement and one inserted with cement were revised because of loosening.

The data suggest that, at a mean of seven years, fixation of this porous-coated component was uniformly excellent. The low prevalence of radiolucent lines and the absence of loosening are probably related, in part, to the technique of implantation. The low prevalence of polyethylene wear and pelvic osteolysis is a notable improvement compared with the results of arthroplasty with other porous-coated acetabular components. Although the results of the present study are encouraging, longer follow-up is necessary to determine the prevalence of late loosening and osteolysis.

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