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Primary Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in Octogenarians Two to Eleven-Year Follow-up
Kjell S. Keisu, MD; Fabio Orozco, MD; Peter F. Sharkey, MD; William J. Hozack, MD; Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD
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Investigation performed at the Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kjell S. Keisu, MD Fabio Orozco, MD Peter F. Sharkey, MD William J. Hozack, MD Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD Rothman Institute, 925 Chestnut Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4216
Although none of the authors has received or will receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article, benefits have been or will be received but are directed solely to a research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other nonprofit organization with which one or more of the authors is associated. Funds were received in total or partial support of the research or clinical study presented in this article. The funding source was Biomet, Incorporated.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2001 Mar 01;83(3):359-359
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Background: Cementless total hip arthroplasty is an accepted alternative to total hip arthroplasty with cement in younger patients, but it remains controversial for elderly patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiographic outcomes of cementless total hip arthroplasty with use of a proximally coated stem in patients who were at least eighty years of age at the time of the operation.

Methods: One hundred and twenty-three cementless total hip replacements were performed for the treatment of osteoarthritis in 114 patients between the ages of eighty and eighty-nine years. Seven patients (eight hips) died within two years after the surgery, seventeen patients (eighteen hips) died more than two years postoperatively but were not followed for at least two years, and five hips were lost to follow-up; this left ninety-two hips in eighty-six patients for review. The mean duration of follow-up was five years (range, two to eleven years). For the clinical evaluation, the Charnley modification of the Merle d’Aubigné and Postel scale was used. In addition, preoperative and postoperative Harris hip scores were available for sixty-nine hips. Seventy-eight hips were followed radiographically for two years or more. The focus of the radiographic evaluation was the status of the fixation of the femoral and acetabular components as well as cup wear.

Results: Perioperative medical complications occurred in association with 24% (thirty) of the 123 operations, but there were no deaths. The mean Charnley scores for pain and function for the ninety-two hips that were followed clinically for at least two years improved by 3.0 and 1.4 points, respectively. The sixty-nine hips for which preoperative and postoperative Harris hip scores were available had a mean improvement of 42 points, with a mean score of 82 points at the last follow-up evaluation. Mild thigh pain was present in four patients, but it did not limit their activity. There were no femoral component revisions. All of the femoral components were radiographically stable and had bone ingrowth. No acetabular component failed by loosening, but 41% (thirty) of the seventy-three hips with radiographs available for measurement of wear showed polyethylene wear. Of the seventy-eight cups that were followed radiographically for two years or more, 4% (three) were associated with lysis, but none had been revised.

Conclusions: Cementless fixation in the elderly is safe, effective, and durable at the time of two to eleven-year follow-up.

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