We previously reported the average ten-year results associated with the use of porous-coated noncemented acetabular shells that were placed at a high hip center at the time of revision total hip arthroplasty in thirty-four patients (thirty-six hips) with severe acetabular bone loss. We now report the average 16.8-year results for twenty-one patients (twenty-three hips). Of the original cohort of forty-four patients (forty-six hips), thirty-nine patients (forty-one hips; 89%) retained the shell. Two shells (4.3%) were revised because of aseptic loosening, and three (6.5%) were revised because of infection. Six femoral components were revised because of femoral osteolysis, and seven were revised because of aseptic loosening without osteolysis. On the basis of our results after an average duration of follow-up of 16.8 years, we believe that the placement of an uncemented acetabular component at a high hip center continues to be an excellent technique for revision total hip arthroplasty in selected patients with severe acetabular bone loss.
Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions to Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
1 Kelly J. Hendricks, MD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, MS 3017, 3905 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66210. E-mail address for K.J. Hendricks: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 William H. Harris, MD, DSc Harris Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street GRJ 1126, Boston, MA, 02114. E-mail address for W.H. Harris: email@example.com