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J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1994 Aug;76(8):1130-6.

The femoral component in total hip arthroplasty. Six to eight-year follow-up of one hundred consecutive patients after use of a third-generation cementing technique.

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Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California 92037.


One hundred consecutive patients had a primary unilateral total hip arthroplasty with use of a single design of the femoral component (Harris Precoat), inserted with a so-called third-generation cementing technique, between July 1985 and June 1987. There were seventy-four women and twenty-six men. The mean age at the time of the operation was seventy-one years (range, forty-one to ninety-two years) and the mean weight was seventy kilograms (range, forty-eight to 105 kilograms). Eleven of the 100 patients died during the follow-up period, all with the implant in place. Of the eighty-nine surviving patients, one had a revision arthroplasty for aseptic loosening. The mean duration of clinical follow-up for the remaining eighty-eight patients was seven years (range, six to eight years). The mean Harris hip score at the latest follow-up evaluation was 91 points (range, 68 to 97 points). Of the eighty-eight patients, eighty-five (97 percent) had a good or excellent result. Radiographic follow-up was performed for eighty-one patients; none had evidence of loosening of the stem, and five (6 percent) had endosteal cavitation but were asymptomatic. The rate of failure (loosening or revision) of the femoral component in the entire series was 1 per cent (one hip). The low rate of failure and the maintenance of good and excellent clinical and radiographic results during this period of follow-up are consistent with reports from other institutions. This strengthens the argument to retain or widen the existing indications for the insertion of a femoral stem with cement in primary total hip arthroplasty.

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