International Orthopaedics

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 481–490 | Cite as

Dual-mobility arthroplasty failure: a rationale review of causes and technical considerations for revision

  • Philippe HernigouEmail author
  • Arnaud Dubory
  • Damien Potage
  • François Roubineau
  • Charles Henri Flouzat Lachaniette
Original Paper



Dual-mobility arthroplasty is an alternative to conventional total hip arthroplasty (THA) in appropriately selected, active adults with degenerative, necrotic or post-traumatic hip disease or with revision hip arthroplasty. Numerous papers have been published with results of dual-mobility arthroplasty, but there have been no comprehensive literature reviews that summarise the most recent findings and help the orthopaedic surgeon facing different scenarios in which revision of one or both components of a dual-mobility arthroplasty is indicated.


We performed a PubMed search for papers published on dual-mobility arthroplasty that provided data on revision and add our experience in order to describe different revision scenarios. We collected data on revision for any reason, for aseptic loosening, for infection, or for dislocation. For each complication, we summarise causes and diagnosis of this complication and describe the direction of possible therapeutic options.


The dual-mobility arthroplasty offers the benefit of increased stability without compromising clinical outcomes and implant longevity. However, as with conventional arthroplasties, complications are also reported, with the most frequent being cup loosening, dislocation, accelerated wear and infection. Dual-mobility implants also have some specific complications secondary to their specific design, with the presence of a third joint. For example, intraprosthetic dislocation due to retentive failure of the polyethylene (PE) liner on the femoral head is a complication observed exclusively with this type of implant and involves articulation failure between the femoral head and the PE liner. Mechanical conflict with the iliopsoas tendon has also been reported, probably due to femoral head size, cup design, and/or a dysplastic hip. This systematic review of the literature identified several options for treating each complication, and in particular, options regarding conserving or not of one the two articulating devices.


These findings can inform discussions relating to risks and benefits of different therapeutic options when performing revision of a dual-mobility arthroplasty.


Dual-mobility failure Dual-mobility revision Hip dislocation Intraprosthetic dislocation Cup loosening Infection 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


There is no funding source.

Ethical approval

All procedures were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Hernigou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arnaud Dubory
    • 1
  • Damien Potage
    • 1
  • François Roubineau
    • 1
  • Charles Henri Flouzat Lachaniette
    • 1
  1. 1.Chirurgie OrthopediqueHopital Henri MondorCreteilFrance

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