Cementing a polyethylene liner into a well-fixed acetabular shell during revision hip arthroplasty may be appropriate in select patients. The purpose of this study was to review our early results with this technique. Sixteen patients with >2-year follow-up or who had any complications at <2 years from surgery were identified. Indications for this technique included: failure of the previous locking mechanism, significant polyethylene wear, malposition of the well-fixed metal shell, and previous removal of the liner with a retained acetabular shell. One acetabular shell has been revised at 13 months for multiple dislocations. Hip scores improved an average of 24.2 points. Radiographs revealed no polyethylene dissociation or acetabular loosening. Complications occurred in 7 patients. Initial results appear successful at providing secure fixation, while preventing the bone loss that might occur with removal of a well-fixed component.
- Acetabular liner
- Acetabular shell
- Revision total hip arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine