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J Arthroplasty. 2002 Oct;17(7):820-5.

The effect of partial or full weight bearing ambulation after cementless total hip arthroplasty.

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  • 1Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, California, USA. Stevewhips@aol.com


The clinical and radiographic results of 46 patients who underwent 50 consecutive primary total hip arthroplasties using a fully porous-coated collared femoral component were determined at a minimum of 2 years' follow-up. Twenty-four patients (25 hips) who were allowed to bear full weight immediately postoperatively were compared with a historical control group of 24 patients (25 hips) who were instructed to bear < or =50 lb of weight for 6 weeks. The average Harris hip score for the partial weight bearing group was 95 compared with 97 for the full weight bearing group. All femoral components in both groups had radiographic evidence of bone ingrowth fixation at the final follow-up. When solid initial fixation is obtained intraoperatively and radiographically using a fully porous-coated (AML) femoral component, it seems that bone ingrowth fixation reliably occurs whether or not a partial or full weight-bearing postoperative protocol is followed.

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