The orthopaedic community has extensive experience with the use of cement for bonding a prosthesis to bone in the human body — dating back over 20 years. Although alternative methods of bonding an implant to bone have been developed, none has yet been shown to be as good as of better than cement for either short- or long-term fixation of total hip arthroplasty (THA) prostheses. This article reviews current indications for the use of cemented fixation and outlines the essential features of modem cement technique as they apply to total hip replacement arthroplasty.
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