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Risk Factors for Dislocation After Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

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Despite dislocation being the most frequent complication after revision THA, risk factors for its occurrence are not completely understood.


We therefore (1) determined the overall risk of dislocation after revision THA in a large series of revision THAs using contemporary revision techniques, (2) identified patient-related risk factors predicting dislocation, and (3) identified surgical variables predicting dislocation.


We performed 1211 revision THAs between June 2004 and October 2010 in 576 women and 415 men who had a mean age of 64.7 years (range, 25–95 years) at time of surgery. Forty-six (4%) were lost to followup and 13 died (1%), leaving 1152 hips followed for a minimum of 90 days (mean, 2 years; range, 90 days to 7.1 years). Multivariate logistic regression was performed to identify risk factors for dislocation. The model was also tested on patients followed for a minimum 1 year to assess any difference in longer followup.


One hundred thirteen patients dislocated over the followup period (9.8%). Factors that were different between patients who dislocated and those who remained stable included a history of at least one previous dislocation (odds ratio [OR] = 2.673), abductor deficiency (OR = 2.672), and Paprosky acetabulum class (OR = 1.522). Use of a constrained liner (OR = 0.503) and increased femoral head size (OR = 0.942) were protective against dislocation, while with longer followup a constrained liner was no longer significant.


Dislocation remains a common problem after revision THA. Identifying these risk factors can assist in patient education and surgical planning. Recognition of these risk factors in both patient type and surgical strategy is important for the surgeon performing revision THA and for minimizing these risks.

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The authors thank Vamsi Kancherla, MD, for his invaluable help with this research.

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The institution of one or more of the authors (SMS, WGP, CJDV) has received, during the study period, funding from Zimmer Inc (Warsaw, IN, USA), Smith & Nephew Inc (Memphis, TN, USA), and Stryker Orthopaedics (Mahwah, NJ, USA).

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Wetters, N.G., Murray, T.G., Moric, M. et al. Risk Factors for Dislocation After Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res 471, 410–416 (2013).

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