International Orthopaedics

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 261–265 | Cite as

Strategies for head and inlay exchange in revision hip arthroplasty

  • Martin Pospischill
  • Karl Knahr


Due to the increasing number of total hip arthroplasties performed during the last three decades and the limited long-term survival, mainly because of wear, the number of revisions has increased during the last two years. If the implant itself is still considered to be stable, only head and inlay exchange is necessary. This requires comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics of the articulating materials by the surgeon as the wrong choice of wear couple can lead to early failure for a second time. The aim of this paper is to present considerations and strategies for head and inlay exchange in case of failure, either due to wear of the articulation material or of other indications for revision hip arthroplasty.


Recurrent Dislocation Ceramic Head Ceramic Liner Ball Head Stable Stem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthopedic Hospital Vienna–SpeisingViennaAustria

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