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Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 2/2020

Mid-term results after revision total hip arthroplasty with custom-made acetabular implants in patients with Paprosky III acetabular bone loss

Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery > Ausgabe 2/2020
F. S. Fröschen, T. M. Randau, G. T. R. Hischebeth, N. Gravius, S. Gravius, S. G. Walter
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Severe acetabular bone loss, both with or without pelvic discontinuity, remains a challenge in revision total hip arthroplasty (RTHA). The goal of our study was to evaluate the mid-term results for consecutive patients with Paprosky III acetabular bone loss with or without pelvic discontinuity who needed RTHA with custom-made acetabular implants and to compare the results to those of other studies.

Materials and methods

Sixty-eight (68) patients with severe acetabular bone loss (Paprosky Type IIIa and IIIb), who required RTHA, were included in our study. All prostheses were constructed on the basis of thin-layer computed tomography (CT) scans of the pelvis. The visual analogue scale (VAS), Harrison hip score (HHS), and clinical and radiographic follow-up assessments were used to evaluate the outcome.


The average follow-up time was 43 months (range 1–120 months). Implant survival at last follow-up was 75% (51 of 68). Kaplan–Meier survival analysis, with explantation as the endpoint, revealed survival rates of 82.7% (3 years) and 77% (5 years). Patients with revision of the acetabular component only had a significant higher survival rate (p 0.012). Overall revision rate was 36.7%. Reinfection rate was 34.4%. Complications included 15 (22%) periprosthetic joint infections (PJI), 7 dislocations (10.2%), and 2 aseptic loosenings (2.9%). Mean VAS at last follow-up was 1.45 compared to 3.2 preoperatively, while mean HHS improved from 21.1 points preoperatively to 61 at last follow-up. The change in both scores was thus significant (p < 0.001).


Defect reconstruction with custom-made modular acetabular implants can be a good, nevertheless expensive, treatment option with clinically and radiologically satisfying results in comparison to recent studies in the literature. Nevertheless, high postoperative complication rates, especially in terms of PJI, remain a challenge.

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