Salvage of total hip instability with a constrained acetabular component

Devon D. Goetz, William N. Capello, John J. Callaghan, Thomas D. Brown, Richard C. Johnston

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Between April 1988 and February 1993, 101 constraining acetabular components were implanted into 98 patients. One patient was lost to followup at 8 months. Otherwise, all patients were observed until death or for at least 2 years minimum followup. The average clinical followup for the living patients was 61 months (range, 24-97 months). Indications for the use of the constrained acetabular components were recurrent dislocation (an average of six dislocations, range 2-20) in 56 cases, intraoperative instability in 38 cases, and neurologic impairment in seven cases. For the entire group there were four cases of recurrent dislocation or failure of the component (4%). For the cases where this component was used for recurrent dislocation, 96% (54 of 56 cases) had no additional dislocations. Radiographically, at this short term followup, there was no evidence of an increased incidence of femoral or acetabular component loosening. The authors recommend judicious use of this component as a salvage measure for desperate cases of hip instability during or after total hip arthroplasty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number355
StatePublished - Oct 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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