A femoral component inserted without cement in total hip arthroplasty: A study of the Tri-Lock component with an average ten-year duration of follow- up

Charles F. Burt, Kevin L. Garvin, Erik T. Otterberg, O. Max Jardon

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Seventy-four total hip arthroplasties in sixty-six patients were performed, between 1983 and 1986, with use of a Tri-Lock femoral component inserted without cement. This tapered cobalt-chromium component has a fixed head and a circumferential proximal porous coating. Follow-up was conducted with use of a questionnaire, physical examination, and radiographic analysis. At the time of the latest follow-up, fifteen patients (eighteen hips) had died, three patients (four hips) had been lost to follow-up, and one patient (one hip) had refused to participate in the follow-up study; however, the status of fifteen hips at the time of death could be verified. Thus, clinical follow-up data were available for sixty-six of the original seventy-four hips. The average age at the time of the operation was sixty-two years (range, seventeen to eighty-four years), and the average interval between the operation and the latest follow-up evaluation was 10.0 years (range, 8.3 to 11.6 years). The Harris hip score was determined for forty-three hips (forty- one patients) in which the prosthesis was in situ at the time of the latest follow-up. The score was good for thirteen hips and excellent for twenty- eight, so the rate of clinical success was 95 per cent. Two patients had a fair result. One of them had perSistent pain and the other had limited motion, but neither had radiographic evidence of loosening of the femoral or acetabular component. All forty-one patients were satisfied with the result. The probability (with standard error) of survival of the femoral component at ten years, with revision as the end point, was 0.95 ± 0.03. The rate of revision of the femoral component because of aseptic loosening was one (2 per cent) of sixty-six. The overall rate of aseptic loosening of the femoral component in the hips that were followed radiographically was two (4 per cent) of forty-seven. Only one (2 per cent) of the forty-seven acetabular cups had evidence of aseptic loosening. There was no radiographic evidence of distal osteolysis around the prostheses that were well fixed. Proximal osteolysis was present in five (11 per cent) of forty-seven hips, but none of the lesions compromised the stability of the prosthesis or the bone and there were no associated fractures. At an average of ten years postoperatively, the Tri-Lock femoral component functioned well overall and patient satisfaction was high.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)952-960
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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