Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 468, Issue 12, pp 3207–3213

Function and Fixation of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients 25 Years of Age or Younger

  • John C. Clohisy
  • Jeremy M. Oryhon
  • Thorsten M. Seyler
  • Christopher W. Wells
  • Steve S. Liu
  • John J. Callaghan
  • Michael A. Mont
Symposium: Papers Presented at the 2009 Closed Meeting of the International Hip Society

DOI: 10.1007/s11999-010-1468-4

Cite this article as:
Clohisy, J.C., Oryhon, J.M., Seyler, T.M. et al. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2010) 468: 3207. doi:10.1007/s11999-010-1468-4

Abstract

Background

The treatment of end-stage hip disease in very young patients is controversial, with advocates for nonoperative treatment, hip arthrodesis and replacement procedures. The functional improvements in this group of patients are not well documented and whether the condition for which the surgery is performed influences function.

Questions/purposes

We determined whether (1) modern THA provides major functional improvements; (2) disease-specific factors impact the magnitude of improvement; (3) these procedures are associated with early failures and complications; and (4) radiographically secure implant fixation is achieved with contemporary implants.

Methods

We retrospectively reviewed 88 patients (102 hips) who had THA and were 25 years or younger at surgery. The most common diagnoses were osteonecrosis (44%) and secondary osteoarthritis (41%). All patients received a cementless socket of varying designs and all except five a cementless stem. Demographic data, Harris hip score, and Charnley classification were recorded. Radiographic evaluation was used to determine implant fixation. We identified complications and failure mechanisms. The minimum followup was 2 years (median, 4.2 years; range, 2–16 years).

Results

The 95 nonrevised hips were followed clinically an average of 61 months. The mean Harris hip scores improved from 42 preoperatively to 83 postoperatively. Lower Harris hip scores were associated with systemic disease (Charnley Class C). Seven hips (7%) underwent revision. There were nine (9%) major complications. One hundred percent of femoral stems and 98% of acetabular components were well-fixed at last followup.

Conclusion

Contemporary total hip arthroplasty in patients 25 years of age and younger is associated with improved hip function, and secure fixation of cementless implants at early followup.

Level of Evidence

Level IV, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Copyright information

© The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons® 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Clohisy
    • 1
  • Jeremy M. Oryhon
    • 1
  • Thorsten M. Seyler
    • 2
  • Christopher W. Wells
    • 3
  • Steve S. Liu
    • 3
  • John J. Callaghan
    • 3
  • Michael A. Mont
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryWashington University School of MedicineSt LouisUSA
  2. 2.Wake Forest University Baptist Medical CenterWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Iowa School of MedicineIowa CityUSA
  4. 4.Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction Sinai HospitalBaltimoreUSA