Minimum four-year radiographic and clinical evaluation of results following femoral revision surgery with the S-ROM modular hip system.

Published online: Dec 30 1996

D J Cossetto, J C McCarthy, J V Bono, and R H Turner.

New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA 02120, USA.


Thirty-four patients were reviewed following revision modular cementless reconstruction for proximal femoral deficiency. One patient underwent a Girdlestone conversion for sepsis at 3 years postoperatively, leaving 33 patients with an average follow-up of 51 months (range 48 to 62 months). The average age at surgery was 60 years, and there were 17 right and 16 left hips. Patients were assessed clinically using the Merle d'Aubigné and Postel hip rating system. Radiographic assessment was performed on preoperative and postoperative films. Femoral assessment was performed using the Engh fixation stability score, Gruen zonal system for radiolucencies and observing for the presence or absence of osteolysis. The average pain score was 5.4/6 with 88% having slight or no pain. Only one patient (3%) had thigh pain. Radiographically, the average fixation stability score was 21.7 with features of bony ingrowth present in 97%, and one case with features of stable fibrous ingrowth. There was no evidence of osteolysis.