Early aseptic loosening of cementless monoblock acetabular components
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Early aseptic loosening of cementless monoblock acetabular components is a rare complication of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence and risk factors for early aseptic loosening of the cementless monoblock acetabular components.
This retrospective analysis consisted of 4,043 cementless hip devices (3,209 THAs and 834 HRAs). We identified 41 patients with early aseptic loosening of the acetabular component. A control group of 123 patients without acetabular component loosening was randomly selected. The demographic data and risk factors for loosening of the acetabular component were evaluated. The mean follow-up time was 4.6 years (range, 1.7–7.8). The end-point was acetabular revision.
The incidence of early acetabular component loosening was 1.0 %. Mean time to revision was 1.2 years (SD 1.6, range 0.0–5.4). There was significantly more Dorr type A and C acetabular morphology in patients with early loosening (P = 0.014). The loosened components were implanted to more vertical (P < 0.001) and less anteverted (P = 0.001) position than those of the control group. Presence of acetabular dysplasia or acetabular component type did not associate to early loosening.
Acetabular morphology (Dorr type A and C) and component positioning vertically and less anteverted were more common in patients with early aseptic loosening of cementless acetabular components. Suboptimal cup position most likely reflects challenges to obtain sufficient stability during surgery. We hypothesize that errors in surgical technique are the main reason for early loosening of monoblock acetabular components.
KeywordsAcetabular morphology Aseptic loosening Case–control study Cup positioning Hip arthroplasty
Compliance with ethical standards
This study was funded by the Finnish Arthroplasty Society, Finnish Research Foundation for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Research Foundation of Kuopio University Hospital, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Regional Fund, and The Finnish Medical Foundation Duodecim.
Conflict of interest and funding
The authors state there are no conflicts of interest.
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