Liner malseating is rare with two modular dual-mobility designs

Matthew P. Siljander, Elizabeth B. Gausden, Benjamin M. Wooster, Daniel Karczewski, Rafael Sierra, Robert T. Trousdale, Matthew P. Abdel

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AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of liner malseating in two commonly used dual-mobility (DM) designs. Secondary aims included determining the risk of dislocation, survival, and clinical outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 256 primary total hip arthroplasties (THAs) that included a DM component (144 Stryker MDM and 112 Zimmer-Biomet G7) in 233 patients, performed between January 2012 and December 2019. Postoperative radiographs were reviewed independently for malseating of the liner by five reviewers. The mean age of the patients at the time of THA was 66 years (18 to 93), 166 (65%) were female, and the mean BMI was 30 kg/m2 (17 to 57). The mean follow-up was 3.5 years (2.0 to 9.2). RESULTS: Three liners (1.2%) were malseated, including two MDMs (1.4%) and one G7 (0.9%). No clinical consequence was identified from malseating. The five-year survival free of dislocation was 97.1%, including two DM and one intraprosthetic dislocation. The five-year survival free of revision was 95.4%, with seven revisions. The mean Harris Hip Scores increased from 46 (24 to 69) preoperatively to 81 (40 to 100) at two years postoperatively (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: The incidence of DM liner malseating after primary THA was low, with no known clinical consequences at mid-term follow-up. Malseating is not exclusive of design, and these findings emphasize the importance of careful evaluation of the liner after impaction to avoid this complication. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2022;104-B(5):598-603.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-603
Number of pages6
JournalThe bone & joint journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022


  • acetabular component
  • BMI
  • clinical outcomes
  • Dislocation
  • Dual mobility
  • femoral revisions
  • Harris Hip Scores
  • intraprosthetic dislocation
  • Malseating
  • metal
  • Postoperative radiographs
  • primary total hip arthroplasties
  • THAs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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