Results of the cemented Exeter femoral component in patients under the age of 40: AN UPDATE AT TEN TO 20 YEARS' FOLLOW-UP

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We carried out a further study of the long-term results of the cemented Exeter femoral component in patients under the age of 40 with a mean follow-up of 13.6 years (10 to 20).

Patients and Methods

We reviewed our original cohort of 104 cemented Exeter stems in 78 consecutive patients with a mean age of 31 years (16 to 39). Only one patient was lost to radiological follow-up.


A total of six patients (eight hips) had died for reasons unrelated to their surgery. There had been one further periprosthetic fracture from a fall and one fractured femoral stem. No revisions for aseptic loosening were undertaken during the whole study period.


Overall, 11 hips had progressive radiolucent lines in one or more zones.


The Kaplan Meier survival percentages at ten and 17 years were 97.1% (95% confidence interval (CI) 91.3 to 99.1) and 92.1% (95% CI 74.1 to 97.8) with revision for any reason as the endpoint, and 100% at both ten and 17 years with aseptic loosening (95% CI 83.8 to 100) as the endpoint. No additional hips were classified as radiologically loose.


The Exeter femoral component continues to function satisfactorily in young patients for up to 17 years after surgery.

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